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ingenuous

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

Definition of ingenuous

obsolete

  1. :  ingenious

Origin and Etymology of ingenuous

by alteration


First Known Use: 1588


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ingenuous

adjective in·gen·u·ous

Definition of ingenuous

  1. 1 obsolete :  noble, honorable

  2. 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>

ingenuously

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ingenuousness

noun

Origin and Etymology of ingenuous

Latin ingenuus native, freeborn, from in- + gignere to beget — more at kin


First Known Use: 1588

Synonym Discussion of ingenuous

natural, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated, artless mean free from pretension or calculation. natural implies lacking artificiality and self-consciousness and having a spontaneousness suggesting the natural rather than the man-made world <her unaffected, natural manner>. ingenuous implies inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings or intentions <the ingenuous enthusiasm of children>. naive suggests lack of worldly wisdom often connoting credulousness and unchecked innocence <politically naive>. unsophisticated implies a lack of experience and training necessary for social ease and adroitness <unsophisticated adolescents>. artless suggests a naturalness resulting from unawareness of the effect one is producing on others <artless charm>.

INGENUOUS Defined for Kids

ingenuous

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adjective in·gen·u·ous \in-ˈjen-yə-wəs\

Definition of ingenuous for Students

  1. :  showing innocence and childlike honesty

ingenuously

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