HON'ESTY, n. on'esty. [L. honestas.]1. In principle, an upright disposition; moral rectitude of heart; a disposition to conform to justice and correct moral principles, in all social transactions. In fact, upright conduct; an actual conformity to justice and moral rectitude.2. Fairness; candor; truth; as the honesty of a narrative.3. Frank sincerity.
Honesty is chiefly applicable to social transactions, or mutual dealings in the exchange of property.