in·ge·nu·i·ty | \ ˌin-jə-ˈnü-ə-tē , -ˈnyü- \
plural ingenuities

Definition of ingenuity 

1a : skill or cleverness in devising or combining : inventiveness

b : cleverness or aptness of design or contrivance

2 : an ingenious device or contrivance

3 obsolete : candor, ingenuousness

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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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Big Wong’s ingenuity and attention to detail are echoed in the film itself. Kimber Myers,, "Review: Charming Chinese comedy 'King of Peking' has an infectious love for cinema," 5 July 2018 One hundred and ten years after its introduction, the Ford Model T endures as a symbol of American freedom, ingenuity and humble honesty. Casey Williams,, "Driving the Ford Model T through 110 years of American audacity," 3 July 2018 Hodgson showed great ingenuity in his approach with unconventional formations that bypassed struggling players., "Roy Hodgson Has Succeeded Where His Old British Rivals Have Failed in Becoming a Fan Favourite," 9 May 2018 Spirit of Michigan Award This award honors the movie that best exemplifies the state of Michigan's spirit of ingenuity and creativity — both in filmmaking quality and topic. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "'The Russian Five' and 'Mister Rogers' documentaries win Freep Film Festival awards," 22 Apr. 2018 Kulas Hall is often pressed into service for the school's opera theater performances, but its design is primarily that of a concert hall, requiring some ingenuity in transforming it into a dramatic space. Special To The Plain Dealer,, "Apollo's Fire ascends with affecting production of 'L'Orfeo' (review)," 16 Apr. 2018 If the first half boasts a shimmering ingenuity and ominousness, the second half goes down in a Hindenburg of repetition and falsity and tedium. William Giraldi,, "Richard Flanagan's 'First Person': A ghostwriter who fights lies with lies," 6 Apr. 2018 Your ingenuity fills your day with amusing situations., "Horoscope," 17 June 2018 But with their ingenuity and money — and the contributions, at some point, of the rookie right-hander Walker Buehler — the Dodgers should figure it out. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "N.L. Preview: Cubs Mix Michelangelo and Theo Epstein’s ‘More Stuff’," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ingenuity

circa 1592, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of ingenuity was circa 1592

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English Language Learners Definition of ingenuity

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

: a clever device or method


in·ge·nu·ity | \ ˌin-jə-ˈnü-ə-tē , -ˈnyü- \
plural ingenuities

Kids Definition of ingenuity

: skill or cleverness in discovering, inventing, or planning

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