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ingenuous

1ingenuous

adjective in·gen·u·ous \in-ˈjen-yə-wəs, -yü-əs\

Definition of INGENUOUS

obsolete
:  ingenious

Origin of INGENUOUS

by alteration
First Known Use: 1588

2ingenuous

adjective

Definition of INGENUOUS

1
obsolete :  noble, honorable
2
a :  showing innocent or childlike simplicity and candidness <her ingenuous thirst for experience — Christopher Rawson>
b :  lacking craft or subtlety <ingenuous in their brutality>
in·gen·u·ous·ly adverb
in·gen·u·ous·ness noun

Origin of INGENUOUS

Latin ingenuus native, freeborn, from in- + gignere to beget — more at kin
First Known Use: 1588

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