noun in·ge·nu·i·ty \ˌin-jə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\

: skill or cleverness that allows someone to solve problems, invent things, etc.

: a clever device or method

plural in·ge·nu·i·ties

Full Definition of INGENUITY

obsolete :  candor, ingenuousness
a :  skill or cleverness in devising or combining :  inventiveness
b :  cleverness or aptness of design or contrivance
:  an ingenious device or contrivance

Examples of INGENUITY

  1. She showed amazing ingenuity in finding ways to cut costs.
  2. It will take considerable ingenuity to fix these problems.

First Known Use of INGENUITY

circa 1592
INGENUITY Defined for Kids


noun in·ge·nu·ity \ˌin-jə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\
plural in·ge·nu·ities

Definition of INGENUITY for Kids

:  skill or cleverness in discovering, inventing, or planning


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