[in-juh-noo-i-tee, -nyoo-]
noun, plural ingenuities for 3.
the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful; inventiveness: a designer of great ingenuity.
cleverness or skillfulness of conception or design: a device of great ingenuity.
an ingenious contrivance or device.
Obsolete, ingenuousness.

1590–1600; < Latin ingenuitās innate virtue, etc. (see ingenuous, -ity); current senses by association with ingenious

hyperingenuity, noun
superingenuity, noun, plural superingenuities. Unabridged
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ingenuity (ˌɪndʒɪˈnjuːɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  inventive talent; cleverness
2.  an ingenious device, act, etc
3.  archaic frankness; candour
[C16: from Latin ingenuitās a freeborn condition, outlook consistent with such a condition, from ingenuus native, freeborn (see ingenuous); meaning influenced by ingenious]

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Word Origin & History

1598, "honor, nobility," from L. ingenuitas "condtion of a free-born man, noble-mindedness," from ingenuus (see ingenuous). Etymologically, this word belongs to ingenuous, though it was so constantly confused in meaning with ingenious (q.v.) in 17c. that its form and sense
now partake of that word, and with the meaning "capacity for invention or construction" (first attested 1649).
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Example sentences
The moral reflections in these letters are elevated, and are developed with
  characteristic ingenuity.
The different degrees of hardship endured, and of ingenuity exercised, must
  likewise be taken into account.
What made the spectacle work was the ingenuity and the attention to detail with
  which it was rendered.
In fact, he had shown that lightning was a form of electricity, and that
  ingenuity could hold its own against book learning.
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