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[gahyl-lis] /ˈgaɪl lɪs/
free from guile; sincere; honest; straightforward; frank.
Origin of guileless
First recorded in 1720-30; guile + -less
Related forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
artless, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated. Unabridged
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  • He had his own honor to satisfy, as well as her guilelessness.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Eva's the dearest little piece of guilelessness in the world.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • He could not tell, for guilelessness in a woman is as impenetrable as coquetry.

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • In his relation to man, his guilelessness is a remarkable feature.

  • Yet she remained very young; her innocence and guilelessness did not leave her.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • Oh, thank you, said Dorothy with a guilelessness that was sheer camouflage.

  • He shook his head, and she smiled at the guilelessness of his reply.

    At The Relton Arms Evelyn Sharp
  • Some of them might be taken as models for innocence, simplicity, guilelessness.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • The guilelessness which shone from the young wife's clear eyes was unmistakable.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
  • Her expression was one of singular purity and guilelessness.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
British Dictionary definitions for guilelessness


free from guile; ingenuous
Derived Forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guilelessness



1727, from guile + -less. Related: Guilelessly; guilelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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