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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 of ingenuous
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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  • "I fear so," answered Bertha, ingenuously, and yet blushing deeply.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • "To thank you for all your kindness to her," replied the lad, ingenuously.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Annesley backed him up with one of the girlish blushes that made her seem so young and ingenuously attractive.

    The Second Latchkey Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • "My companion and I have fled the Gallic camp," responded Meroë ingenuously.

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • Fluff had taken the First Fourth and ingenuously confessed to any one who cared to listen that he ought to have gone to Eton.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • He had related them to me clearly and ingenuously, and I had listened with interest.

    The Devil's Pool George Sand
  • "Monseigneur knows that I always speak the truth," replied Frantz, ingenuously.

    Luxury-Gluttony: Eugne Sue
  • "It is the first time I haven't got what I wanted," she said ingenuously.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • Urbain had ingenuously asked her how she had the strength and the courage to face all the dangers of battle.

  • I thought I saw what was coming, but I said ingenuously, "Do you want to buy something?"

    The Aspern Papers Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for ingenuously

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 ingenuously

ingenuous

adj.

1590s, "noble in nature," from Latin ingenuus "with the virtues of freeborn people, of noble character, frank, upright, candid," originally "native, freeborn," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gen-, root of gignere "beget, produce" (see genus). Sense of "artless, innocent" is 1670s, via evolution from "high-minded" to "honorably open, straightforward," to "innocently frank." Related: Ingenuously; ingenuousness.

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