Antonyms of adj straightforward

4 senses of straightforward

Sense 1
straightforward -- (free from ambiguity; "a straightforward set of instructions")

INDIRECT (VIA unequivocal) -> equivocal, ambiguous -- (open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "an equivocal statement"; "the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates"; "the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness"; "popularity is an equivocal crown"; "an equivocal response to an embarrassing question")

Sense 2
square (prenominal), straightforward, straight -- (without evasion or compromise; "a square contradiction"; "he is not being as straightforward as it appears")

INDIRECT (VIA direct) -> indirect -- (extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow")

Sense 3
aboveboard, straightforward -- (without concealment or deception; honest; "their business was open and aboveboard"; "straightforward in all his business affairs")

INDIRECT (VIA straight) -> crooked, corrupt -- (not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive)

Sense 4
straightforward -- (pointed directly ahead; "a straightforward gaze")

INDIRECT (VIA direct) -> indirect -- (not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing")

Similarity of adj straightforward

4 senses of straightforward

Sense 1
straightforward -- (free from ambiguity; "a straightforward set of instructions")
       => unequivocal (vs. equivocal), univocal, unambiguous -- (admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion; "unequivocal evidence"; "took an unequivocal position"; "an unequivocal success"; "an unequivocal promise"; "an unequivocal (or univocal) statement")

Sense 2
square (prenominal), straightforward, straight -- (without evasion or compromise; "a square contradiction"; "he is not being as straightforward as it appears")
       => direct (vs. indirect) -- (straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach")

Sense 3
aboveboard, straightforward -- (without concealment or deception; honest; "their business was open and aboveboard"; "straightforward in all his business affairs")
       => straight (vs. crooked), square -- (characterized by honesty and fairness; "straight dealing"; "a square deal")

Sense 4
straightforward -- (pointed directly ahead; "a straightforward gaze")
       => direct (vs. indirect) -- (direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit")

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