- 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 ingeniousness
The coffee was excellent, thanks to the ingeniousness of the machine that made it.I Walked in Arden
Peter Comester in his Historia Scholastica (twelfth century) granted the ingeniousness of the author.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church
Alexander Clarence Flick
Leopardi has scarcely done more than paraphrase these elementary ideas, but this he has done with abundance and ingeniousness.Philosophic Nights In Paris
Remy De Gourmont
I declare, the profoundness, the ingeniousness, and the boldness of your successful answers filled me with amazement!Solaris Farm
Milan C. Edson
We in America, especially, place altogether too high a value on our ingeniousness, our resourcefulness.Analyzing Character
Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
- possessing or done with ingenuity; skilful or clever
- obsolete having great intelligence; displaying genius
Word Origin and History for ingeniousness
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.