ingenuous

[ in-jen-yoo-uhs ]
/ ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs /

adjective

free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid; sincere.
artless; innocent; naive.
Obsolete. honorable or noble.

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Origin of ingenuous

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

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ingenuous

ingenious ingenuous (see usage note at ingenious)
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British Dictionary definitions for ingenuous

ingenuous
/ (ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs) /

adjective

naive, artless, or innocent
candid; frank; straightforward

Derived forms of ingenuous

ingenuously, adverbingenuousness, noun

Word Origin for ingenuous

C16: from Latin ingenuus freeborn, worthy of a freeman, virtuous, from in- ² + -genuus, from gignere to beget
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