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a complete/total/outright lie (=something that is completely untrue)
▪ Of course the whole thing was a complete lie.
▪ She didn't want to tell her mother an outright lie.
a flat/outright refusal (=definite and direct)
▪ She had not anticipated a flat refusal.
an absolute/outright/clear majority (=a majority that has been won by more than half the votes)
▪ There was no party with an absolute majority in the House of Commons.
an outright ban (=a complete ban)
▪ an outright ban on gun ownership
be killed instantly/outright (=immediately)
▪ The driver was killed instantly.
deliberate/calculated/outright deceit
open/outright hostility (=hostility that is clearly shown)
▪ They eyed each other with open hostility.
outright (=clearly and completely)
▪ If one candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, he will win the seat outright.
reject sth outright (=completely)
▪ He has not rejected the idea outright.
▪ Ministers insist that voluntary agreements with the tobacco industry are more effective than outright bans.
▪ The San Francisco-based trade organization reports that 21 states have an outright ban on out-of-state shipments of alcoholic beverages.
▪ A number argued that an outright ban should be introduced on the holding of client money by sole practitioners.
▪ The proposal came amid fears that the Ministry of Agriculture might introduce tougher restrictions or even an outright ban.
▪ Eminent scientists are clamouring for an outright ban on all chlorine substances.
▪ Competition and struggle may be the watchwords but this does not necessarily imply outright hostility.
▪ From reluctant acceptance, the village mood was rapidly transformed into outright hostility.
▪ Nothing so tempts us to believe outright lies and unfounded stories posing as science than the sensationalistic schlock therein.
▪ He got up and briefly stepped outside to avoid telling an outright lie.
▪ Nearly three-quarters of voters, 71 percent, expect no party to win an outright majority.
▪ If it occurs on a sufficiently large scale, either main party might still win an outright majority.
▪ They've stayed that way because outright majority has been given with the help of the council's single independent.
▪ It will also be the first since 1979 in which none of the parties is expected to gain an outright majority.
▪ Neither man won an outright majority.
▪ Only a handful of polls since Christmas have given either party the lead they would need to secure an outright majority.
▪ This organization was one of outright opposition.
▪ Again, the undertaker offered two choices to the client: outright purchase of all the accoutrements or the hire thereof.
▪ Have you considered hire purchase and leasing as well as outright purchase?
▪ The phase is typically characterized by the outright purchase of the works in question.
▪ This is an exceptional facility and most shortages are relieved by outright purchases by the Bank, against same-day settlement.
▪ The total fee of 5,000 is in outright purchase of the copyright of the material.
▪ Most access equipment can be hired if outright purchase is not warranted.
▪ They say the trend is towards outright purchase now rather than leaseback.
▪ The company can provide televisions on contract rental, hire purchase or outright purchase.
▪ Heads responded to advisory views of good practice in different ways, ranging from unthinking conformity to outright rejection.
▪ Petitions may be either for the outright rejection of the order or its amendment.
▪ Early polls show Zyuganov may come out ahead in first-round voting, but will fall short of outright victory.
▪ Often delay will serve the client just as well as outright victory.
▪ Enter the new championship, with a complicated set of rules designed to promote an outright winner at the end of it.
▪ But the outright winner has to be the microwave.
▪ an outright trade ban
▪ his outright opposition to the proposal
▪ Gandhi rejects outright claims made concerning the superior or inferior status of religions.
▪ It would, however, be incorrect to deduce that in the nineteenth century only outright deception was commented upon.
▪ Only a handful of polls since Christmas have given either party the lead they would need to secure an outright majority.
▪ That will involve significant change from the separation, suspicion, and even outright confrontation that have existed for decades.
▪ The point is to avoid outright confrontation.
▪ This displeasure can range from mild disapproval to outright ostracism.
▪ Too bad the yarn is interwoven with illogic, inconsistency and outright balderdash.
▪ It seemed crazy that she couldn't ask outright - claim the relationship which was almost certainly hers.
▪ He knew that if she asked outright, he would tell her.
▪ When you want to know the answer to something, you ask outright.
▪ You can either buy outright, or join in a coop ownership scheme.
▪ In addition to buying outright, Durbeck became an ace scrounger on the garage-sale, thrift-shop and flea-market circuits.
▪ Houses could be paid off gradually; paintings had to be bought outright.
▪ For years companies who have fleets of cars have used this method of payment instead of buying outright.
▪ Some had been killed outright by flying shrapnel, others had been badly wounded and had died slowly.
▪ The Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended last fall that the project be killed outright.
▪ A total of 210 people were killed outright by the soldiers, another seventy-one died later and 173 were less seriously wounded.
▪ So how could a species slowly and randomly evolve the ability not to be killed outright?
▪ Even if the prey is not killed outright, there is a greater chance that it will be incapacitated.
▪ But by a miracle he had not been killed outright, and was saved.
▪ Unless the Grand Theogonist is killed outright the Jade Griffon will enable him to sustain wounds which would kill an ordinary man.
▪ Diplomatic negotiations were rejected outright as insufficiently forceful.
▪ Federal courthouses receive thousands of such pleas each year from state prisoners; virtually all are rejected outright.
▪ In November Fretilin offered the government unconditional peace talks, but the move was rejected outright by the government.
▪ He rejected outright the idea that he was a special case.
▪ Yet his proposals were denounced in the provinces, delayed in the Duma and rejected outright in the State Council.
▪ The changes required are not so great that it should be rejected outright.
▪ Clinton needs 2,145 delegates to win outright on the first Democratic Party ballot at the July convention.
▪ He insisted the polls indicated that the voters did not want either the Tories or Labour to win outright.
▪ He was killed outright when his car crashed at high speed.
▪ Kahn needs 50% plus one vote to win the primary outright.
▪ Most of the lawmakers rejected the idea outright.
▪ They laughed outright at my suggestion.
▪ And the owner of the Red Sox sold him outright to New York.
▪ But Dudaev would be foolish to spurn the offer outright.
▪ Don Juan de Borbón reacted with a statement published on 7 April, in which he rejected Franco's proposals outright.
▪ I mean she doesn't complain outright.
▪ If the city buys tickets outright, however, it will save an average of $ 4 per ticket.
▪ Two years later the itinerant returned to attack Garden outright for allowing laxity and not promoting the preaching of grace.
▪ While they could scarcely challenge Rome outright, neither could they defend what they did not believe.
▪ You can either buy outright, or join in a coop ownership scheme.
The Collaborative International Dictionary


outright \out"right`\, adv.

  1. Immediately; without delay; at once; as, he was killed outright.

  2. Completely; utterly.
    --Cardinal Manning.


outright \out"right`\ adj. Downright; plain; unqualified; utter; straight-out; as, an outright lie.

Syn: flat-out, out-and-out.



  1. 1 unqualified and unreserved. 2 total or complete. 3 Having no outstanding conditions. adv. 1 wholly, completely and entirely. 2 openly and without reservation. 3 at once. 4 With no outstanding conditions. 5 (context informal English) blatantly; inexcusably. v

  2. (context sports English) To release a player #Adverb, without conditions.



  1. adj. without reservation or exception [syn: straight-out, unlimited]

  2. adv. without restrictions or stipulations or further payments; "buy outright"

  3. without reservation or concealment; "she asked him outright for a divorce"

  4. without any delay; "he was killed outright" [syn: instantaneously, instantly, in a flash]



Outright is a US accounting and bookkeeping application that assists small businesses and sole proprietors with managing their business income and expenses. It also provides them with a means to organize and categorize expenses for filing a Schedule C.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


c.1300, "completely, entirely; openly, directly; at once, without hesitation," from out (adv.) + right (adj.1)). Meaning "all at once" is attested from c.1600. As an adjective, "direct, downright," from 1530s.

Usage examples of "outright".

For his services the nobleman was given land and serfs, but not as outright or allodial property, as in the West, and only on condition that he served the Tsar.

This was not good enough for Wiley: he wanted the drink banned outright.

I endured a few minutes of leg-pulling from Della and Lil, was congratulated by Josephus in a melodiously outdated rap, envied by Jonie, and caused Fredo moans of outright grief by resigning.

She blamed Mitch entirely and she kept that blame inside her, never saying a word outright, letting that blame grow and metastasize like a malignant tumor.

Madame de Montaigne glanced at Maltravers, clapped her little hands, and laughed outright.

The corns and bugs and other small items Ross sold them help these to gradually gain a measure of control over the explosion and when things settle down, to establish rather precariously something like a participatory democracy where every individual had some say in what the government does, something the other Gurn-sets watch with unease and in one case outright hostility.

I had seen enough handiwork like this to name Perella outright as the killer.

And in the case of the Larners, the association would be even more hazardous - they were outright hustlers tainted by the Playa del Sol debacle.

The Provo Government was controlled by UN advisors and the Serpent Swarm made a UN territory outright.

They must honor that pact, he told her, they must honor it even if it was frustrating, unnecessary, or outright senseless to honor it, because not to honor it would create more quaggy willy-nilliness in the world.

Or had Cousin Zed resumed his insidious meddling, urging her to make the Reversionists an outright gift of the shares immediately, knowing the money-hungry groups would side with him in voting for the Galapharma takeover?

Free Staters are constantly resupplied by the government, but the Republicans have to commandeer supplies from the citizenry, or get them through outright looting.

And yet he had effected the change without leaving the penurious little Irish townlet of Dunsloe, which could have been bought outright for a quarter of the sum which he had earned during the single day that he was within its walls.

Plague themselves, and most of the thus-sobered or outright terrified folk either returned to the land or took to the woodlands and wastes to live by banditry and poaching of the unhunted and rapidly proliferating game beasts.

Whether Adams would be appointed to the British Court, as was also expected, remained unresolved, and though it was a position he longed for, as a capstone to his diplomatic service, he could not say so outright, and imagined quite correctly that there was stiff opposition in Congress.