• 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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  • 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
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.


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

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.

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