Can*did (?), a. [F. candide (cf. It. candido), L. candidus white, fr. candere to be of a glowing white; akin to accendre, incendre, to set on fire, Skr. chand to shane. Cf. Candle, Incense.]




The box receives all black; but poured from thence, The stones came candid forth, the hue of innocence. Dryden.


Free from undue bias; disposed to think and judge according to truth and justice, or without partiality or prejudice; fair; just; impartial; as, a candid opinion.

"Candid and dispassionate men."

W. Irving.


Open; frank; ingenuous; outspoken.

Syn. -- Fair; open; ingenuous; impartial; just; frank; artless; unbiased; equitable. -- Candid, Fair, Open, Frank, Ingenuous. A man is fair when he puts things on a just or equitable footing; he is candid when be looks impartially on both sides of a subject, doing justice especially to the motives and conduct of an opponent; he is open and frank when he declares his sentiments without reserve; he is ingenuous when he does this from a noble regard for truth. Fair dealing; candid investigation; an open temper; a frank disposition; an ingenuous answer or declaration.


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