Origin of ingenuous
Examples from the Web for ingenuousness
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
It was an innocent bit of flattery, and Ingram smiled good-naturedly at the boy's ingenuousness.
The Greek, touched by the simplicity and ingenuousness with which she spoke, gazed at her tenderly.Snnica|Vicente Blasco Ibez
Coquetry was as foreign to the ingenuousness of her nature, as to the dignity of all her early maternal precepts.Camilla|Fanny Burney
British Dictionary definitions for ingenuousness
Word Origin for ingenuous
Word Origin and History for ingenuousness
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.