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[dis-in-jen-yoo-uh s] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs/
lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere:
Her excuse was rather disingenuous.
1645-55; dis-1 + ingenuous
Related forms
disingenuously, adverb
disingenuousness, noun
nondisingenuous, adjective
nondisingenuously, adverb
nondisingenuousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Ma boasts a megawatt smile and a lack of self-importance that would seem disingenuous in a lesser artist.
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British Dictionary definitions for disingenuous


not sincere; lacking candour
Derived Forms
disingenuously, adverb
disingenuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disingenuous

"lacking in candor," 1650s, from dis- "opposite of" + ingenuous. Related: Disingenuously; disingenuousness.

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