- free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid; sincere.
- artless; innocent; naive.
- Obsolete. honorable or noble.
Origin of ingenuous
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Examples from the Web for ingenuously
"The truth is, I don't know where to put them," ingenuously acknowledged Hurst.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
By what I have ingenuously told you, you may see who began this corruption.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Then, convincingly and ingenuously, I knew you loved me the moment we first met.The Fifth String
John Philip Sousa
"To thank you for all your kindness to her," replied the lad, ingenuously.Eventide
"I fear so," answered Bertha, ingenuously, and yet blushing deeply.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
- naive, artless, or innocent
- candid; frank; straightforward
Word Origin and History for ingenuously
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.