ingenuity

noun in·ge·nu·i·ty \ ˌin-jə-ˈnü-ə-tē , -ˈnyü- \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of ingenuity

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

Examples of ingenuity in a Sentence

  1. She showed amazing ingenuity in finding ways to cut costs.

  2. It will take considerable ingenuity to fix these problems.

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First Known Use of ingenuity

circa 1592

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INGENUITY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ingenuity for English Language Learners

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

  • : a clever device or method


INGENUITY Defined for Kids

ingenuity

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

Definition of ingenuity for Students

plural ingenuities
: skill or cleverness in discovering, inventing, or planning


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