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frankly

  
  
You use frankly when you are expressing an opinion or feeling to emphasize that you mean what you are saying, especially when the person you are speaking to may not like it.      adv   ADV with cl, ADV adj/-ed     (emphasis)    `You don't give a damn about my feelings, do you.'—`Quite frankly, I don't.'..., Frankly, Thomas, this question of your loan is beginning to worry me...     
    frank  
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frank     ( franker    comparative)   ( frankest    superlative)   ( franks    3rd person present)   ( franking    present participle)   ( franked    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   If someone is frank, they state or express things in an open and honest way.  
oft ADJ about/with n   (=candid)  
`It is clear that my client has been less than frank with me,' said his lawyer..., They had a frank discussion about the issue.     
   frankly             adv   ADV with v  
He now frankly admits that much of his former playboy lifestyle was superficial.     
  frankness      n-uncount   oft with poss  
The reaction to his frankness was hostile.     
2       verb   When a letter or parcel is franked, it is marked with a symbol that shows that the proper charge has been paid or that no stamp is needed.  
usu passive  
The letter was franked in London on August 6.      be V-ed  
...a self-addressed, franked envelope.      V-ed  


frankly            
You use frankly    when you are expressing an opinion or feeling to emphasize that you mean what you are saying, especially when the person you are speaking to may not like it.          adv   ADV with cl, ADV adj/-ed     (emphasis)    `You don't give a damn about my feelings, do you.'—`Quite frankly, I don't.'..., Frankly, Thomas, this question of your loan is beginning to worry me...     
    frank  

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frankly

  
1    candidly, honestly, in truth, to be honest  
2    bluntly, directly, freely, openly, overtly, plainly, straight, straight from the shoulder, without reserve  

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frank, freaky, franc, frailty

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