[ in-jen-yoo-uhs ]
/ ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs /
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OTHER WORDS FOR ingenuous
1 frank, straightforward, open, guileless.
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Origin of ingenuous
words often confused with ingenuous
OTHER WORDS FROM ingenuous
in·gen·u·ous·ly, adverbin·gen·u·ous·ness, nounhalf-in·gen·u·ous, adjectivehalf-in·gen·u·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use ingenuous in a sentence
He said it without immediately realizing the ingenuousness of the remark.Washington Is Sorely Missing the Legislative Genius of Howard Baker|James Andrew Miller|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not only did he like the American academia, he liked the “open-minded ingenuousness” of students.Simon Schama Talks About Everything|Liesl Schillinger|April 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Edgar looked at her, to read how much of this was real ingenuousness, how much affected simplicity.
He is a man of clear head, of courage, fortitude and simple ingenuousness.The Raid of John Brown at Harper's Ferry as I Saw It|Rev. Samuel Vanderlip Leech
These questions, uttered with childish rapidity and ingenuousness, threw some light upon the apparent mystery.Adrift on the Pacific|Edward S. Ellis
With the utmost sincerity and ingenuousness he condemned Mr. Edwards.The Calico Cat|Charles Miner Thompson
The ingenuousness of her impetuous question seemed to amuse him.The Secret Witness|George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for ingenuous
/ (ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs) /
naive, artless, or innocent
candid; frank; straightforward
Derived forms of ingenuousingenuously, 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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