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[gahyl-lis] /ˈgaɪl lɪs/
free from guile; sincere; honest; straightforward; frank.
Origin of guileless
1720-30; guile + -less
Related forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
artless, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated. Unabridged
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  • He could not tell, for guilelessness in a woman is as impenetrable as coquetry.

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • Eva's the dearest little piece of guilelessness in the world.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • There was something rather taking about him: a weird sort of guilelessness and gratitude.

    Thorley Weir E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
  • Her expression was one of singular purity and guilelessness.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • The girl looked so candid, so flowerlike in her guilelessness, that the thought seemed a pollution.

    A Mere Accident George Moore
  • I smiled at the guilelessness of the boy who was making a confidant of a stranger.

    The White Waterfall James Francis Dwyer
  • She was a woman in keenness of feeling, a very child in guilelessness.

    The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan
  • All this, if you please, with the most candid air of guilelessness, which I actually believe was genuine.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • He had his own honor to satisfy, as well as her guilelessness.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • To this guilelessness on their part must be attributed another strange method of defeating their evil designs on children.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
British Dictionary definitions for guilelessness


free from guile; ingenuous
Derived Forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for guilelessness



1727, from guile + -less. Related: Guilelessly; guilelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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