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ingenuous

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

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

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Origin of ingenuous

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin ingenuus “native, free-born, honorable, frank; (of studies or occupations) befitting a freeborn person, liberal,” equivalent to in- verb prefix + gen- (base of gignere “to bring into being”) + -uus adjective suffix; see in-2, ingenious, -ous

words often confused with ingenuous

See ingenious.

OTHER WORDS FROM ingenuous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ingenuous

ingenious, ingenuous (see confusables 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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