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ingenuous

[in-jen-yoo-uh s] /ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs/
adjective
1.
free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid; sincere.
2.
artless; innocent; naive.
3.
Obsolete. honorable or noble.
Origin of ingenuous
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin ingenuus native, free-born, honorable, frank, equivalent to in- in-2 + gen- (base of gignere; see ingenious) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous
Related forms
ingenuously, adverb
ingenuousness, noun
half-ingenuous, adjective
half-ingenuously, adverb
half-ingenuousness, noun
Can be confused
ingenious, ingenuous (see usage note at ingenious)
Synonyms
1. frank, straightforward, open. 2. guileless.
Usage note
See ingenious.
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  • "The truth is, I don't know where to put them," ingenuously acknowledged Hurst.

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  • By what I have ingenuously told you, you may see who began this corruption.

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  • Then, convincingly and ingenuously, I knew you loved me the moment we first met.

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  • "To thank you for all your kindness to her," replied the lad, ingenuously.

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  • "I fear so," answered Bertha, ingenuously, and yet blushing deeply.

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  • "I shall be delighted if I can be of any service to you," she said ingenuously.

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  • "My companion and I have fled the Gallic camp," responded Meroë ingenuously.

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  • He had related them to me clearly and ingenuously, and I had listened with interest.

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  • "It is the first time I haven't got what I wanted," she said ingenuously.

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  • Pray why, inquired Ralph ingenuously, did Darsie not come when she had the chance?

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British Dictionary definitions for ingenuously

ingenuous

/ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs/
adjective
1.
naive, artless, or innocent
2.
candid; frank; straightforward
Derived Forms
ingenuously, adverb
ingenuousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ingenuus freeborn, worthy of a freeman, virtuous, from in-² + -genuus, from gignere to beget
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Word Origin and History for ingenuously

ingenuous

adj.

1590s, "noble in nature," from Latin ingenuus "with the virtues of freeborn people, of noble character, frank, upright, candid," originally "native, freeborn," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gen-, root of gignere "beget, produce" (see genus). Sense of "artless, innocent" is 1670s, via evolution from "high-minded" to "honorably open, straightforward," to "innocently frank." Related: Ingenuously; ingenuousness.

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