ingenuous

[ in-jen-yoo-uhs ]
/ ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs /

adjective

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

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 ingenuousness

ingenuous

/ (ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs) /

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 ingenuousness

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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