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Very often I hear sentences like: "This approach is pretty straightforward."

What is a synonym describing "straightforward" in this context? Simple? Complicated? Intelligently solved?

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Straightforward –  Matt E. Эллен Jun 27 '13 at 7:45
@MattЭллен, so general reference comes under off-topic now? Thanks; I was looking for that in the new menu. –  Brian Hooper Jun 27 '13 at 7:47
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Straightforward means:-

adj 1. (of a person) honest, frank, or simple 2. Chiefly Brit (of a task, etc.) simple; easy

The second meaning is the one used in your sentence.

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Direct,... something along the lines of "not deviating from the most direct or intuitive path".

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No. It does not mean those things in the above context. –  Matt E. Эллен Jun 27 '13 at 7:46
I would say "direct approach" and "straigforward approach" emphasise different aspects of the approach. For example: I do not find it straightforward to be direct. –  Matt E. Эллен Jun 27 '13 at 8:11
sky, the problem with this answer is that most dictionaries will define straightforward with two basic meanings. The one you've alluded to here doesn't match the context provided by the O.P. You've described straightforward people, not straightforward approaches. –  J.R. Jun 27 '13 at 9:48
-1 "Forthright" definitely does not apply. "anything along those lines" is not any kind of precise answer either. –  Kristina Lopez Jun 27 '13 at 10:11
@skymninge I am not seeing anything hostile here: I am just seeing direct and constructive criticism. Were some comments deleted? –  MετάEd Jun 27 '13 at 15:33

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