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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [oh-puh n]
    • /ˈoʊ pən/
    • /ˈəʊ.pən.nəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-puh n]
    • /ˈoʊ pən/

Definitions of openness word

  • adjective openness not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate: to leave the windows open at night. 1
  • adjective openness (of a door, gate, window sash, or the like) set so as to permit passage through the opening it can be used to close. 1
  • adjective openness having no means of closing or barring: an open portico. 1
  • adjective openness having the interior immediately accessible, as a box with the lid raised or a drawer that is pulled out. 1
  • adjective openness relatively free of obstructions to sight, movement, or internal arrangement: an open floor plan. 1
  • adjective openness constructed so as to be without cover or enclosure on the top or on some or all sides: an open boat. 1

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Origin of openness

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (adj.) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Saxon opan (Dutch open), Old High German offan (German offen), Old Norse opinn, akin to up; (v.) Middle English openen, Old English openian; cognate with Old Saxon opanon (Dutch openen), Old High German offanōn (German öffnen)

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Parts of speech for Openness


openness popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for openness

noun openness

  • honesty — the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
  • directness — to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.: He directed the company through a difficult time.
  • frankness — plainness of speech; candor; openness.
  • sincerity — freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity; probity in intention or in communicating; earnestness.
  • candidness — frank; outspoken; open and sincere: a candid critic.

Antonyms for openness

noun openness

  • reticence — the state of being reticent, or reserved, especially with regard to speaking freely; restraint: His natural reticence seemed to disappear under the influence of alcohol.
  • disagreement — the act, state, or fact of disagreeing.
  • disbelief — the inability or refusal to believe or to accept something as true.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • asset — Something or someone that is an asset is considered useful or helps a person or organization to be successful.

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