• WordNet 3.6
    • n ingenue the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
    • n ingenue an artless innocent young girl (especially as portrayed on the stage)
    • n ingenue an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ingénue An ingenuous or naïve girl or young woman, or an actress representing such a person.
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  • Arnold Bennett
    “Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity.”
  • George D. Prentice
    George D. Prentice
    “Some people use one half their ingenuity to get into debt, and the other half to avoid paying it.”
  • Gene Brown
    Gene Brown
    “Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.”
  • Bob Richards
    Bob Richards
    “Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fem. of ingénu, ingenious


In literature:

There was a frank, open, ingenuous look in his face that Andy liked.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
Naturally human ingenuity was called into play to protect men against the poisons and the gas mask came into being.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
We have to admire his ingenuity.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
But what think you of Isabel's gallant officer, that resemblance of the noble, ingenuous Evellin.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The garden was large and laid out with subtle ingenuity.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Memorials of them are to be found in many parts of Greece, where they were recorded as far superior to the natives in science and ingenuity.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
His extortions are as boundless in their sum as in their ingenuity.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The old merchant was pleased with Joel's ingenuous manner as well as with his intelligence.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862" by Various
He was famous also for Yankee ingenuity.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
His philosophical judgment kept pace with his ingenuity.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
When the illumination came the weird ingenuity of the electric magicians struck Aunt Sarah with a sublimity almost more than she could endure.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
But there are other instances of correlation which seem to have taxed even Aristotle's ingenuity beyond its powers.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
What she had to fear was his will at work upon hers, his persuasion, his ingenuity.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
And, depend on it, your meek, modest ingenuousness, in its turn, will not go unrewarded.
"The Two Admirals" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Tom laugh'd heartily at this, and complimented Sparkle on the ingenuity with which he managed his affairs.
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
It was a ruse of terrifying simplicity but diabolical ingenuity.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
We have called this a test of ingenuity.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
Ingenuous as a babe, and made strong by love.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
But he exhausted all his ingenuity in this endeavour without success.
"The Island Home" by Richard Archer
The knots had somewhat shortened it; but this point was soon settled, with like ingenuity.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

The maidens of Turniptopville
Were simple - ingenuous - pure -
And they all worked away with a will
The nobleman's heart to secure.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And as I may, to lighten the long way,
Go singing airs ingenuous and brave,
She'll listen to me graciously, I say,—
And, verily, no other heaven I crave.
"Since Shade Relents" by Paul Verlaine
"I'VE tried it, and can only say
I'm sure you couldn't do it, e-
ven if you practised night and day,
Unless you have a turn that way,
And natural ingenuity.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
In Arcady, grave authors write,
There liv'd a Serpent, the delight,
Of an ingenuous child;
Proud of his kindness, the brave boy.
Fed and caress'd it with a joy,
Heroically mild.
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley
Ingenuous boy, warned by experience, now
The pebble's charms shall tempt thine eyes no more;
Would that my verse, my Cynthio, could bestow
A shield to guard thee against Fancy's power!
"Stanzas to Cynthio" by Amelia Opie
"Non sono io quello che i ridenti canti
"Questa notte vergo`?--Perche` gli incanti
"Soavi, perche` l'estasi
"E l'armonia dei non studiati carmi,
"Come donne, veniano a visitarmi,
"Innamorate e ingenue?
"Anacreonte" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

Lombardi Publishing Corporation's Sasha Cekerevac Reports: America's Ingenuity and Competitive Edge Could Drive Economic Growth Over the Next 10 Years.
Local franchises show community's spirit of ingenuity .
Using Produce Carts and Ingenuity to Make Food Deserts Bloom.
A museum for American ingenuity .
Time again for Indy ingenuity .
The Daredevil Ingenuity of the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Daniel Yergin's The Quest: Human Ingenuity , Passion, the Fall of Caliphatism and the Rise of Prosperity.
Why can't we use a little ingenuity .
Founded in 1998 by Stanford graduate students, Ingenuity Systems is a company that is taking on the challenge of next-generation knowledge management for the life sciences community.
Engagement, ingenuity and service Avenidas acknowledges seniors with 2011 Lifetimes of Achievement Awards.
Some Alaska ingenuity helps make technology work better.
Chilean Rescue Effort Holds Lessons in Spirit, Ingenuity .
Scottsdale employee ingenuity 'racks' up savings.
Hard times, lean budget truly can bring out ingenuity in our leaders.
Creative Ingenuity is the Way to Win.

In science:

The main difference is that we use polynomials instead of arbitrary functions from C3 c (R) , and that more ingenuity is required to estimate the residual terms in the Taylor expansion formula.
A Proof of a Non-Commutative Central Limit Theorem by the Lindeberg Method
Such a dynamic system produce a non trivial time series behind, which records all the infighting and ingenuity of the players trying to out-guess others.
A Prototype Model of Stock Exchange
This is rather an ingenuous way of establishing a physical condition fitting the result of an earlier, and crucial, research work.
The Levy diffusion as an effect of sporadic randomness
While our experimental colleagues are putting a great deal of valuable thought into their instruments and observational strategies, it is currently still done in an informal way, by ingenuity rather than by formal method.
Statistical Challenges of Cosmic Microwave Background Analysis
This research was supported in part by the EU grant MTKD-CT-2004-510126, in partnership with the CERN Physics Department; by the Science and Engineering Research Canada; and by Alberta Ingenuity.
Enhancement of the hadronic b quark decays
Unfortunately, the more complex the code becomes, the more ingenuous the computational techniques must be to preserve scalability.
SNSPH: A Parallel 3-D Smoothed Particle Radiation Hydrodynamics Code
There you have it, every vicissitude overcome, every barrier gone over as well as either through or around, with impressive ingenuity, range and resourcefulness.
Book Review of Stephen L. Adler's, "Quantum theory as an emergent phenomenon."
Furthermore, greater ingenuity is necessary to limit as much as possible the number of interactions per bunch crossing, so that the experiments can take full advantage of the higher interaction rates.
The super-LHC
In fact, these have been the driving forces for the ingenuity and creativity in the field of inflation model building.
Primordial Non-Gaussianities from Inflation Models
With enough time, anyone can come up with detections of arbitrarily high significance – and ingenuity will surely accelerate this process.
Testing gaussianity, homogeneity and isotropy with the cosmic microwave background
Some are easy to measure, some take a considerable effort and experimental ingenuity.
The information content of a new observable: the case of the nuclear neutron skin
Related to these SUSY searches, there are two further aspects worth mentioning: (i) when looking at the enormous amount of analyses, in the end always condensed into a few exclusion plots, one easily forgets to appreciate the large ingenuity and the many new ideas, which are at the basis of those results.
Moriond 2012, QCD and High Energy Interactions: Experimental Summary
Some creative engineering ingenuity is required to devise macroscopic amplifications well suited for near-Earth Bell experiments, given the constraints of practicality and repeatability.
Fundamental quantum optics experiments conceivable with satellites -- reaching relativistic distances and velocities
In ref. Eisert proposes an ingenuous alternative to the classical approach, employing the concept of quantum entanglement.
Playing a quantum game on polarization vortices
Making the most out of muon capture on polarised 3He calls both for much dedicated experimental efforts and ingenuity, as well as for a renewed theoretical evaluation of the inputs involved in the description of that process.
Symmetry Tests of the Electroweak Interaction from Muon Capture on 3He