Straightforward vs Easy - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between straightforward and easy

is that straightforward is proceeding in a straight course or manner; not deviating; honest; frank while easy is comfortable; at ease.

As adverbs the difference between straightforward and easy

is that straightforward is in a straightforward manner while easy is in a relaxed or casual manner.

As a noun easy is

something that is easy.

As a verb easy is

to easy-oar (stop rowing).




(en adjective)
  • Proceeding in a straight course or manner; not deviating; honest; frank.
  • * 1992 , George J. Church, "Why Voters Don't Trust Clinton," Time , 20 Apr, p. 38,
  • A great deal of the uneasiness about Clinton reflects his propensity to dance away from straightforward yes or no answers to any character question.
  • easy, simple, without difficulty
  • * 2013 , Daniel Taylor, Steven Gerrard goal against Poland ensures England will go to World Cup'' (in ''The Guardian , 15 October 2013)[]
  • Poland played with great energy, quick to the ball, strong in the challenge, and projecting the clear sense they had absolutely no intention whatsoever of making this a straightforward night.

    Derived terms

    * straightforwardly * straightforwardness * unstraightforward


    (en adverb)
  • In a straightforward manner.
  • easy



  • Comfortable; at ease.
  • * , chapter=16
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“[…] She takes the whole thing with desperate seriousness. But the others are all easy and jovial—thinking about the good fare that is soon to be eaten, about the hired fly, about anything.”}}
  • Requiring little skill or effort.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= A new prescription , passage=As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.}}
  • Causing ease; giving comfort, or freedom from care or labour.
  • Rich people live in easy circumstances.
    an easy chair
  • Free from constraint, harshness, or formality; unconstrained; smooth.
  • easy''' manners; an '''easy style
  • * Alexander Pope
  • the easy vigour of a line
  • (informal, pejorative, of a person) Consenting readily to sex.
  • Not making resistance or showing unwillingness; tractable; yielding; compliant.
  • * Dryden
  • He gained their easy hearts.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • He is too tyrannical to be an easy monarch.
  • Not straitened as to money matters; opposed to tight.
  • The market is easy .


    * (comfortable) relaxed, relaxing * (not difficult) light, eath * (consenting readily to sex) fast * (requiring little skill or effort) soft, trivial * See also


    * uneasy, anxious * (requiring little skill or effort) difficult, hard, uneasy, uneath, challenging

    Derived terms

    * easiness * easily * easiness * easy as pie * easy chair * easy on the eyes * easy peasy * free and easy * have it easy * I'm easy * take it easy * uneasily * uneasiness


  • In a relaxed or casual manner
  • In a manner without strictness or harshness.
  • Used an intensifier for large magnitudes.
  • Not difficult, not hard. (rfex)
  • Noun

  • Something that is easy
  • Verb

  • to easy-oar (stop rowing)
  • Anagrams

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