Synonyms & Antonyms of ingenious

1 having the skill and imagination to create new things
  • an ingenious but rather eccentric inventor

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2 showing a noteworthy use of the imagination and creativity especially in inventing
  • a chair that can't tip over is quite ingenious

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How does the adjective ingenious differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of ingenious are adroit, clever, and cunning. While all these words mean "having or showing practical wit or skill in contriving," ingenious suggests the power of inventing or discovering a new way of accomplishing something.

an ingenious software engineer

In what contexts can adroit take the place of ingenious?

The meanings of adroit and ingenious largely overlap; however, adroit often implies a skillful use of expedients to achieve one's purpose in spite of difficulties.

an adroit negotiator

When is it sensible to use clever instead of ingenious?

The words clever and ingenious can be used in similar contexts, but clever stresses physical or mental quickness, deftness, or great aptitude.

a person clever with horses

When might cunning be a better fit than ingenious?

Although the words cunning and ingenious have much in common, cunning implies great skill in constructing or creating.

a filmmaker cunning in his use of special effects

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The first known use of ingenious was in the 15th century

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“Ingenious.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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