- free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid; sincere.
- artless; innocent; naive.
- Obsolete. honorable or noble.
Origin of ingenuous
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Examples from the Web for ingenuousness
He said it without immediately realizing the ingenuousness of the remark.Washington Is Sorely Missing the Legislative Genius of Howard Baker
James Andrew Miller
June 28, 2014
There is an ingenuousness, an honourable frankness about him, that I love.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Mr Sparkler might have replied with ingenuousness, 'My life, I have nothing to say.'Little Dorrit
His presence and air had the appearance of frankness, ingenuousness, and manly confidence.Imogen
They gave these shrewd railroad men no credit for ingenuousness.The Rainy Day Railroad War
With the utmost sincerity and ingenuousness he condemned Mr. Edwards.The Calico Cat
Charles Miner Thompson
- naive, artless, or innocent
- candid; frank; straightforward
Word Origin and History for ingenuousness
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.