ingenious

adjective
in·​ge·​nious | \ in-ˈjēn-yəs How to pronounce ingenious (audio) \

Definition of ingenious

1 : having or showing an unusual aptitude for discovering, inventing, or contriving an ingenious detective
2 : marked by originality, resourcefulness, and cleverness in conception or execution an ingenious contraption
3 obsolete : showing or calling for intelligence, aptitude, or discernment

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Other Words from ingenious

ingeniously adverb
ingeniousness noun

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clever, adroit, cunning, ingenious mean having or showing practical wit or skill in contriving. clever stresses physical or mental quickness, deftness, or great aptitude. a person clever with horses adroit often implies a skillful use of expedients to achieve one's purpose in spite of difficulties. an adroit negotiator cunning implies great skill in constructing or creating. a filmmaker cunning in his use of special effects ingenious suggests the power of inventing or discovering a new way of accomplishing something. an ingenious software engineer

Examples of ingenious in a Sentence

How many dog-size bathrobes (an ingenious device) are out there? — David Colman, Vogue, April 2001 … spacecraft engineers tried to come up with ways to "unstick" the antenna. Those attempts failed, but by ingenious software and mission-sequencing techniques … the Galileo mission was still able to fulfill nearly all of its scientific requirements and return a rich quantity of scientific data … — Louis Friedman et al., Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 1999 … an ingenious method of checking errors … — W. David Gardner, Datamation, June 1982 The book has an ingenious plot. She was ingenious at finding ways to work more quickly. It was ingenious of him to arrange the schedule so precisely.
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Recent Examples on the Web Yet as ingenious as this inventor was, their toy did not spark a societal revolution. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "Who Invented the Wheel? And How Did They Do It?," 6 May 2020 This innate creativity usually benefits us, enabling us to devise ingenious solutions to our problems (in daily life and in emergencies). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Tips for Keeping Your Head in a Survival Situation," 5 May 2020 Thankfully, @billsbrip can help you from having to do that with her ingenious but simple petroleum jelly trick. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "The 12 Best Makeup Tips We've Ever Learned From TikTok," 24 Apr. 2020 John Conway’s Doomsday Rule is his ingenious method to quickly map any date in history with its day of the week. Laura Feiveson, Popular Mechanics, "Solution to Riddle of the Week: The John Conway Tribute," 24 Apr. 2020 America has the most innovative health care companies, ingenious technology companies, and strongest medical and academic centers in the world. Elliott Millenson, STAT, "Home testing for Covid-19 will provide the combination to unlock the U.S.," 22 Apr. 2020 The only novelty is the Master's admittedly ingenious idea to merge the Cybermen with regenerating Time Lord bodies to create his army, as one final twist of the knife for the Doctor. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord returns to classic Doctor Who form," 4 Mar. 2020 That, at least, is the takeaway to be found from all but the most ingenious searching of the Chinese internet. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "The Guardian and Washington Post are the latest casualties of China’s Great Firewall," 9 June 2019 Organizers of the annual Vilnius International Film Festival found an ingenious way to give local cinephiles their movie fix. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "After the best month in 33 years, what’s next for stocks?," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of ingenious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for ingenious

Middle English ingenyous, from Middle French ingenieus, from Latin ingeniosus, from ingenium natural capacity — more at engine entry 1

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“Ingenious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ingenious. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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ingenious

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English Language Learners Definition of ingenious

: very smart or clever : having or showing ingenuity

ingenious

adjective
in·​ge·​nious | \ in-ˈjēn-yəs How to pronounce ingenious (audio) \

Kids Definition of ingenious

: showing ingenuity : clever an ingenious idea

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