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ingenuous

[in-jen-yoo-uh s] /ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs/
adjective
1.
free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid; sincere.
2.
artless; innocent; naive.
3.
Obsolete. honorable or noble.
Origin
1590-1600
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
ingenuously, adverb
ingenuousness, noun
half-ingenuous, adjective
half-ingenuously, adverb
half-ingenuousness, noun
Can be confused
ingenious, ingenuous (see usage note at ingenious)
Synonyms
1. frank, straightforward, open. 2. guileless.
Usage note
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Examples for ingenuousness
  • She can make ingenuousness seem noble, by expressing a powerful will to find the best in life.
  • It adorned his countenance, and beamed in his bold, dauntless eye-His ingenuousness was marked by every one.
  • Michal loves his brother's scary bedtime tales, an affection he conveys with infectious ingenuousness.
  • Artistic ingenuousness is something that's difficult, if not impossible, to fake.
  • But there is a wholesome ingenuousness about t-a brisk enthusiasm-that makes it unimpeachable.
  • He does all this with captivating ingenuousness and not a single false move.
  • Beyond her generic snippiness and his generic ingenuousness, these two are devoid of personality.
British Dictionary definitions for ingenuousness

ingenuous

/ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs/
adjective
1.
naive, artless, or innocent
2.
candid; frank; straightforward
Derived Forms
ingenuously, adverb
ingenuousness, noun
Word Origin
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
1598, from L. ingenuus "with the virtues of freeborn people, of noble character, frank," originally "native, freeborn," from in- "in" + gen-, root of gignere "beget, produce" (see genus). Sense of "artless, innocent" is 1673, from notion of "honorably straightforward."
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