ingenuous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ingenuous characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious "an ingenuous admission of responsibility"
    • adj ingenuous lacking in sophistication or worldliness "a child's innocent stare","his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ingenuous Free from reserve, disguise, equivocation, or dissimulation; open; frank; as, an ingenuous man; an ingenuous declaration, confession, etc. "Sensible in myself . . . what a burden it is for me, who would be ingenuous , to be loaded with courtesies which he hath not the least hope to requite or deserve."
    • Ingenuous Ingenious.
    • Ingenuous Noble; generous; magnanimous; honorable; upright; high-minded; as, an ingenuous ardor or zeal. "If an ingenuous detestation of falsehood be but carefully and early instilled, that is the true and genuine method to obviate dishonesty."
    • Ingenuous Of honorable extraction; freeborn; noble; as, ingenuous blood of birth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ingenuous Freeborn; of honorable extraction.
    • ingenuous Generous; noble: as, an ingenuous ardor or zeal.
    • ingenuous Free from restraint or reserve; frank; open; candid: used of persons or things: as, an ingenuous mind; an ingenuous confession.
    • ingenuous Same as ingenious.
    • ingenuous Synonyms Frank, Naïve, etc. (see candid); unreserved, artless, guileless, straightforward, truthful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ingenuous in-jen′ū-us frank: honourable: free from deception
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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
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    “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. ingenuus, inborn, innate, freeborn, noble, frank; pref. in-, in + the root of gignere, to beget. See Genius, and cf. Ingenious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ingenuus.

Usage

In literature:

Ignatius could but retard them by his ingenuity.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
The next little incident from married life which I mean to give you, will show you the wonderful wit and ingenuity of the sex.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843" by Various
They may be made very complex and may demand considerable ingenuity, but no general laws can well be laid down for their solution.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
With ingenuity that seemed diabolical, Kut-le laid his course.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
The more candid and ingenuous mind of Whiston saw the utter hopelessness of this endeavour.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
He found her ingenuousness charming.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
They tested neither the skill nor the ingenuity of the slaves.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
Reckon how you hain't seen a Yankee try his ingenuity.
"The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth" by Timothy Templeton
In fact, this was a thing she quite ingenuously believed.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Much as they individually despised Umballa, collectively they admired his ingenuity in devising fresh amusements.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
This lamp is a marvel of ingenuity and when at its zenith it was installed to a considerable extent.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
Each must be removed with caution and ingenuity.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
She turned with obstinacy from the further schemes her ingenuity presented.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
She felt the same passion in her own breast which animated her husband's, who has written, with such various ingenuity.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
It has already been shown that our little hunter possessed a natural ingenuity of mind.
"The Prairie Chief" by R.M. Ballantyne
Some writers, again, have exerted their ingenuity to prove that Prometheus is identical with the patriarch Noah.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
They are devices made with conscious ingenuity to exert suggestion on the minds of others.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The alchymic mania never called forth the ingenuity of a more consummate or more successful impostor than Joseph Francis Borri.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
And how kindly you employ your fertile ingenuity!
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
R.'s ingenuity proved equal to the emergency.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
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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
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 once thy lucent form did shew
Of Modesty the veiling grace,
And once the Noon of Love did glow
O'er all thy soft ingenuous face.
"At The Sight Of A Beautiful But Frail One" by Laura Sophia Temple
And may she shed her radiant truth
In largess on ingenuous comers,
And hold the bloom of gracious youth
Through many a hundred tranquil summers!
"Centennial" by John Hay
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:

I'm continually amazed by the ingenuity of our kitchen forebears.
How the Midwest Refined the Nation's Sweet Tooth Through a Delicious Mix of Immigrant Traditions and American Ingenuity.
Ingenuity with your costumes, and your peels, your removals, that is the intent: having that fire, having that tease .
"It was really amazing to watch the ingenuity, to watch the flight controllers," Van Cise said.
Weddings often are costly affairs, but with enough advance planning and a little homegrown ingenuity, you can make things instead of shelling out for them.
Just thank the Chinese and their ingenuity for instant cleavage.
With some real ingenuity, he's never missed a broadcast .
You see, I am mourning the loss of a great American institution – one that was the cornerstone of what we refer to as American ingenuity and helped build this country.
FFA'ers Put Ingenuity and Creativity to Work.
How to Survive a Plague review: Desperation meets ingenuity.
Thanks to the struggling economy and the ingenuity of Americans, the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement has blossomed into a huge industry.
FFA' ers Put Ingenuity and Creativity to Work.
Plains Indian Culture, as Seen Through the Ingenuity of the Tepee.
Using German ingenuity to fix our economy.
While the protests were still ongoing, street vendors showed their own ingenuity, hawking patriotic accessories, posters of the revolution 's heroes, and stickers mocking the old regime.
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In science:

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."
However, in the paper that we have reviewed here, Majorana shows all his mathematical strength and ingenuity.
Majorana and the Infinite Component Wave Equations
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
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
One should not underestimate the ingenuity of experimentalists with real data, but it seems likely that the LHC will not be able to study the entire SUSY spectrum. A Next Lepton Collider with √s ∼ 500 GeV should be able to detect any SUSY particles except the ˜χ0 1 that are kinematically accessible.
SUSY Before the Next Lepton Collider
Since the chirality is a multispin variable of higher order in the original spin variables, its direct experimental detection needs some ingenuity.
Universality of phase transitions of frustrated antiferromagnets
Both workshop series are valuable documentation of the ingenuities of the experimental teams.
Accelerator Neutrino Beams
The ingenuous constructions of Orevkov and Baigger provide a way of defining a computable function with no computable fixed point from the set of intervals derived from the Kleene tree, in a constructive manner.
Computable counter-examples to the Brouwer fixed-point theorem
With a little bit of ingenuity, we can compute this sum; that is, find a closed form expression for it, in terms of x and n.
Exploring Progressions: A Collection of Problems
The work of J.H.P. was supported by the Alberta Ingenuity Foundation.
Radiative-nonrecoil corrections of order alpha^2 (Z alpha) E_F to the hyperfine splitting of muonium
In general, it requires a great deal of ingenuity to construct mixed finite elements for elasticity.
Two remarks on rectangular mixed finite elements for elasticity
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