ingenuous

[in-jen-yoo-uhs]
adjective
1.
free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid; sincere.
2.
artless; innocent; naive.
3.
Obsolete. honorable or noble.

Origin:
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

ingenuously, adverb
ingenuousness, noun
half-ingenuous, adjective
half-ingenuously, adverb
half-ingenuousness, noun

ingenious, ingenuous (see usage note at ingenious).


1. frank, straightforward, open. 2. guileless.


See ingenious.
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ingenuous (ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs)
 
adj
1.  naive, artless, or innocent
2.  candid; frank; straightforward
 
[C16: from Latin ingenuus freeborn, worthy of a freeman, virtuous, from in-² + -genuus, from gignere to beget]
 
in'genuously
 
adv
 
in'genuousness
 
n

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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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Example sentences
The claim is perhaps cagily ingenuous, by a writer often accused of being too
  cerebral and cool-hearted.
Many actors could have been too winsome or ingenuous in the part of such a
  professional good guy.
It is impossible not to accept it in the ingenuous spirit in which it was
  fabricated.
Its attempted vindication is neither ingenious nor ingenuous.
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