Definition: free in expressing what one thinks or feels; candid; free from reserve, disguise, or guile; open; ingenuous; clearly evident; plain

Derivation: Middle Latin, “free,” “at liberty”

Synonyms: honest, open-faced, sincere, up front

Balancing Qualities: Articulate, Compassionate

Too Far: brusque, piercing, tactless

• You must study to be frank with the world: Frankness is the child of honesty and courage. — Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) American general
• Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor. — Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881) British statesman & writer