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disingenuous

[ dis-in-jen-yoo-uhs ]
/ ˌdɪs ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs /
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adjective

lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere: Her excuse was rather disingenuous.

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Origin of disingenuous

First recorded in 1645–55; dis-1 + ingenuous

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British Dictionary definitions for disingenuous

disingenuous
/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs) /

adjective

not sincere; lacking candour

Derived forms of disingenuous

disingenuously, adverbdisingenuousness, noun
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