Once upon a time a friend used a word meaning:

An approach, attitude, or expectation of complete openness or transparency in an interaction or relationship.

If I remember correctly, it seemed to carry positive connotations, including simplified communication, schematic consistency, etc. I enjoy this logos, but can never find the word to clearly represent it.

No, I wasn't surprised when the pop-media reported his tryst. We practice _______.

p.s. forthright was suggested, but is a little off-target in that it speaks more to how direct someone is, than to how revealing.

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    Forthrightness should work – kolossus Sep 4 '14 at 5:32
  • +1, kolossus. I think forthright is generally associated with conveying a single concept, and forthrightness then is a propensity to behave this way when individual topics arise. The word (if I recall correctly) I'm searching for was a more proactive term. An approach that included conveying information in the absence of specific precursors. – shannon Sep 4 '14 at 5:35
  • Not really (IMO anyway). It describes a more encompassing, general quality, much like saying a person is ingenuous (antonym of disingenuous). I can describe a friend to another friend as being forthright, without any context – kolossus Sep 4 '14 at 5:40
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    Reminds me of a Russian term - glasnost. [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasnost] – Autoresponder Sep 4 '14 at 9:27
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    Is it candour (or candor)? – ermanen Sep 4 '14 at 13:52

Eu.. honesty?

(Although it wouldn't completely fit in your blank)

  • Thank you for recognizing that it doesn't quite fill the blank. The main reason is honesty is somewhat of a passive activity, relative to what I'm looking for. Yes, I understand that lies of omission can easily still be considered lies. That isn't the distinction I'm trying to make. – shannon Sep 9 '14 at 21:08
  • Practicing honesty forces the meaning to shift towards a more active state, but you don't want a word whose meaning has to be altered by another: you want the real deal :) – Mina Sep 10 '14 at 8:04

Transparency cannot be otherwise than complete and between persons or parties.

That said, this sense and usage of transparency has gained widespread application and has been well-defined in both management and sociology.

See the excellent piece appearing on Wikipedia:
Transparency (behavior)

… implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. It has been defined simply as "the perceived quality of intentionally shared information from a sender".1

Therefore, transparency it is.

  • +1 for the clarification of the original word. You are right, transparency would work quite well, if it filled the role I was looking for. The implications the word I was seeking carried, the fact that it is an approach or practice aligned with one's values, makes it much more suitable for brevity in communicating this idea, which is why I was looking for it. At this point, following the "keep an open mind" forum rule, I used "transparency" throughout the document, as you suggested, but accepting as an answer the word offered in the initial question removes any future value from this post. – shannon Sep 9 '14 at 21:05
  • Shannon, true, I was only reasserting your own idea of using 'transparency,' so the credit rightly belongs to you :) – Kris Sep 10 '14 at 6:01

You might use "openness" or "honesty" as less legalistic alternatives to "transparency". You might also consider rephrasing to use an adjective instead of a noun:

We are completely open with one another.

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