ingenuous

[in-jen-yoo-uhs]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. ingenerate,
  2. ingenhousz,
  3. ingenious,
  4. ingenue,
  5. ingenuity,
  6. ingerland,
  7. ingersoll,
  8. ingersoll, robert green,
  9. ingest,
  10. ingesta

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

Related forms
Can be confusedingenious ingenuous (see usage note at ingenious)

Usage note


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British Dictionary definitions for ingenuous

ingenuous

adjective

naive, artless, or innocent
candid; frank; straightforward
Derived Formsingenuously, 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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Word Origin and History for ingenuous

ingenuous

adj.

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.

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