ingenuity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ingenuity the property of being ingenious "a plot of great ingenuity","the cleverness of its design"
    • n ingenuity the power of creative imagination
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ingenuity Curiousness, or cleverness in design or contrivance; as, the ingenuity of a plan, or of mechanism. "He gives . . . To artist ingenuity and skill."
    • Ingenuity Openness of heart; ingenuousness. "The stings and remorses of natural ingenuity , a principle that men scarcely ever shake off, as long as they carry anything of human nature about them."
    • Ingenuity The quality or power of ready invention; quickness or acuteness in forming new combinations; ingeniousness; skill in devising or combining. "All the means which human ingenuity has contrived."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ingenuity Ingenuousness; frankness; openness of heart.
    • n ingenuity The quality of being ingenious; inventive capacity or faculty; aptness in contrivance or combination, as of things or ideas; skill; cleverness: as, ingenuity displayed in the construction of machines, or of arguments or plots.
    • n ingenuity Ingenious contrivance; skilfulness of design, construction, or execution: as, the ingenuity of a machine; the ingenuity of a puzzle or a poem. Synonyms Abilities, Cleverness, etc. (see genius); inventiveness, turn, knack, smartness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ingenuity power of ready invention: facility in combining ideas: curiousness in design
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Quotations

  • Arnold Bennett
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    “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
    Jean%20Rostand
    “I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
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    “An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.”
  • Bob Richards
    Bob Richards
    “Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ingenuitas, ingenuousness: cf. F. ingénuité,. See Ingenuous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ingeniosusingenium, mother-wit, from in, and gen, root of gignĕre, to beget.

Usage

In literature:

Each man dug a shelter for himself, according to his skill, ingenuity and perseverance.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
Such apparent contradictoriness is everywhere in his work, but along with it goes a curious ingenuity and nimbleness of mind.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman
I smiled at his ingenuous excuse.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
Marco Polo's account of how diamonds are obtained is ingenuous in its reckless defiance of fact.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
He also cites it as an instance of extraordinary ingenuity and skill in mechanics.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3)" by S. Spooner
In effecting this purpose, I was obliged to rely upon my own ingenuity and diligence.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Jefferson explains away these and other dubious passages in his life with great ingenuity.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
What I said about ingenuity in speaking of my officers is covered in this case.
"A Victorious Union" by Oliver Optic
While they are trying to break the ice with an ingenue, I'm sizing them up.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
There is no end to the stories of the ingenuousness of Brother Egidio.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
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In poetry:

To wish thee fairer is no need,
More prudent, or more sprightly,
Or more ingenuous, or more freed
From temper-flaws unsightly.
"The Poet's New-Year's Gift. To Mrs. (Afterwards Lady) Throckmorton" by William Cowper
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
The struggling pangs of conscious truth to hide,
To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame,
Or heap the shrine of Luxury and Pride
With incense kindled at the Muse's flame.
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
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:

We're not going to lie, we were bummed when we heard that the new "Wonder Woman" TV pilot - starring "Friday Night Lights" ingenue Adrianne Palicki - failed to find a network home.
Ingenuity Systems, Inc. Opinion: Talking Genomics.
Mike Sands, Informa Economics, says it will take extra effort and ingenuity for cattle feeders to survive and thrive in this environment.
Maker Faire showcases DIY ingenuity .
Massive new outdoor pieces at Flint art museum celebrate mankind's ingenuity , says sculptor.
Ingenuity , Life Tech, Janssen, Evotec.
Ingenuity Systems and Life Technologies are partnering to develop and deliver a joint solution for rapid, high-confidence interpretation of molecular profiling information from Life Technologies' diagnostic tests.
Yankee ingenuity on Day 1 of Ryder Cup.
A Testimony to Ingenuity .
Ingenuity Consulting Partners, Inc, 410-B S.E.
Summer sun drives ingenuity .
Students put skill, ingenuity to test during Shelby Scholars Summer Institute.
Obama's chief tech officer: Let's unleash ingenuity of the public.
Ingenuity , Life Tech Introduce Solution for Real-Time PCR Gene-Expression Analysis.
China's Ingenuity and Prowess Provide Leadership on Renewables.
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In science:

This ingenuous idea is due to Sepp¨al¨ainen , who used it to compute asymptotics for a certain last-passage Bernoulli directed percolation problem.
Random matrices, non-colliding processes and queues
If Bell inequalities are violated by observables of a quantum field state, we would certainly attribute the violation to the experimenters’ ingenuity in ensuring an appropriate initial quantum field state and making appropriate measurements.
Bell inequalities for random fields
Experiments of increasing ingenuity and sophistication have extended the regime in which quantum mechanics has been tested.
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime
Few years ago, Spielman and Teng [9, 10] came up with an ingenuous explanation for this fact.
The condition number of a randomly perturbed matrix
The second example, the problem of the location of the point of current leakage is a sample of the ingenuity of one of the most important physicist of the end of the 19th century.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
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