in·​ge·​nu·​i·​ty ˌin-jə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce ingenuity (audio)
plural ingenuities
: skill or cleverness in devising or combining : inventiveness
: cleverness or aptness of design or contrivance
: an ingenious device or contrivance
obsolete : candor, ingenuousness

Examples of ingenuity in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

circa 1592, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of ingenuity was circa 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Ingenuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural ingenuities
: skill or cleverness in discovering, inventing, or planning
: an ingenious device

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