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  • Devoid of guile; innocent and without deception.

    ‘his face, once so open and guileless’
    • ‘And Elizabeth is about the most innocent, guileless, angelic little girl you've ever met.’
    • ‘That the Third World was born guileless and innocent only to be brutalised by the West is a popular slogan in many parts of the world.’
    • ‘It seemed like a heavy responsibility to place upon an innocent, guileless ukulele.’
    • ‘Breathtaking in their simple beauty, guileless in their natural expressiveness, these early pieces have few of the bizarre exaggerations of character reflected in her subsequent work.’
    • ‘Like the invitation to run together, he blurted out such things as if he were completely unaware of how they might be interpreted, with a guileless innocence that couldn't help but put me at ease.’
    • ‘His smile was perfectly innocent and guileless.’
    • ‘The piece mourned a guileless innocence Linke fears modern society has lost.’
    • ‘It was the innocent, guileless laugh that normally only the young could make.’
    • ‘Frank is a guileless creature whose actions almost certainly result in some degree of catastrophe, but if he is working towards a purpose - either good or bad - it is beyond my abilities to discover what that purpose may be.’
    • ‘In his brief life M.R. was a successful family and businessman and the last time I saw him, he was still as friendly, open, and guileless as he'd been the morning I met his pigs.’
    • ‘She has a frank and guileless style of writing, letting the incredible subject matter remain the focus, rather than any shabby poetic frills.’
    • ‘He is open and guileless; physically close to Jonathan, sexually attracted to Clare and yet oblivious to the damaging impact he might have on them.’
    • ‘It's a candid, troubled, guileless record that obviously throws its own maker for a loop.’
    • ‘Sometimes I dream of having a leader who has simple wisdom and the ordinary values of plain-speaking honesty and guileless good will.’
    • ‘It has great sincerity, and the script is very honest, guileless.’
    • ‘Indeed, he seems so sincere and guileless he could make ally unsuspecting bloke fall under his sweet spell.’
    • ‘There was an innocence about those days - something wanton yet guileless.’
    • ‘He is guileless, so sincere that he's practically transparent, and what you see is what you get - intelligence, decency, exasperation, bewilderment, and pain.’
    • ‘The country folk in the train spoke a language I was unfamiliar with, but their open, guileless speech and laughter was more beautiful to me than any hymn.’
    • ‘Jonathon was completely open and guileless, much to his own discomfort.’
    artless, ingenuous, open, honest, sincere, genuine, naive, natural, simple, childlike, innocent, unsophisticated, unworldly, unsuspicious, trustful, trusting
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/ˈɡīlləs/ /ˈɡaɪlləs/