- characterized by cleverness or originality of invention or construction: an ingenious machine.
- cleverly inventive or resourceful: an ingenious press agent.
- intelligent; showing genius.
Origin of ingenious
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Examples from the Web for ingeniously
Ross has ingeniously located much of modern physics in the Bible, including the laws of thermodynamics and the Big Bang.Evangelicals Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Big Bang
Karl W. Giberson
March 23, 2014
The ACA was ingeniously designed to deliver benefits to Democratic constituencies and impose costs on Republican ones.The Obamacare Ripoff: More Money for Less Insurance
October 29, 2013
The explosive material was ingeniously placed in printer ink cartridges where the ink powder normally goes.Meet the Terrorist Who Most Terrifies America’s Terrorist Hunters
August 8, 2013
This is salesmanship, and of the most ingeniously manipulative kind.David's Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk
May 5, 2013
He ingeniously accomplished his herculean task with the help of a small staff of men who shared his commitment to the cause.Eichmann Trial Reconsidered
April 13, 2011
Who forged the lie could fabricate this too:— But hold, it is ingeniously done.
The plan, so ingeniously contrived, pleased the fancy of the boys.The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen
On the other hand, it may be noted that the charge was ingeniously devised.Dante: His Times and His Work
Arthur John Butler
This latter nest was most charmingly and ingeniously placed.Bird Stories from Burroughs
All this was ingeniously provided for by numerous devices and covered by the patent.James Watt
- possessing or done with ingenuity; skilful or clever
- obsolete having great intelligence; displaying genius
Word Origin and History for ingeniously
early 15c., "intellectual, talented," from Middle French ingénieux "clever, ingenious" (Old French engeignos), from Latin ingeniosus "of good capacity, full of intellect; clever, gifted with genius," from ingenium "innate qualities, ability," literally "that which is inborn," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gignere, from PIE *gen- "produce" (see genus). Sense of "skillful, clever at contrivance" first recorded 1540s. In a sense of "crafty, clever, skillful" Middle English had enginous (mid-14c.), from Old French engeignos. Related: Ingeniously; ingeniousness.