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mass noun
  • 1The quality of being plain and straightforward.

    ‘he was renowned for the clarity and directness of his sermons’
    • ‘I like the simplicity and directness of the image’
    • ‘Those willing to discuss their disagreements with him say they respect his directness.’
    • ‘He has a directness that lends itself to being interviewed.’
    • ‘Once again, a mature person will appreciate your directness and give you a reasonable explanation for not answering you.’
    • ‘They want directness about what's going to change and how it is going to change.’
    • ‘Other people might have been offended by such directness, but she was not.’
    • ‘The new Metropolitan Police Commissioner is a man of admirable directness.’
    • ‘Would we find that this hitherto unknown man spoke to us in tones of refreshing directness and honesty?’
    • ‘He blinked several times, surprised by her directness.’
    • ‘Simplicity and directness are generally regarded as cardinal virtues in American peace leadership.’
    • ‘But television is an unforgiving medium: it rewards directness and a sense of human spark.’
  • 2The quality of proceeding in a straight line without deflection.

    ‘despite the directness of the route, the old road was terribly difficult’
    • ‘Reyes runs at defenders with directness and explosive pace and he is not good enough defensively to be regarded as a long term wing solution.’
    • ‘The trolley-running phase of the game is there merely to reward both speed in connecting your route and directness of the run.’
    • ‘He was amazed at the directness of their travel, even in strong currents.’
    • ‘The presence of steps or ramps and the directness of the route also seem relevant.’
    • ‘The All Blacks will stretch the Scots ' defence with the speed and accuracy of their passing and the power and directness of their running.’
    • ‘Bees dart homewards from far-off fields with the directness of an arrow.’
    • ‘However, despite the directness of the route, the old road was terribly difficult to cross.’
    • ‘The figures show reduction of emissions from planes in UK airspace, through improved efficiency of airspace management and flight path directness.’



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