HON'ESTY, noun on'esty. [Latin 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.