He said it without immediately realizing the ingenuousness of the remark.
I inquired, for ingenuousness of that sort is uncommon among the Jews.
Mr Sparkler might have replied with ingenuousness, 'My life, I have nothing to say.'
"I haven't a doubt of it," said Peter soberly, though very much amused at his employer's ingenuousness.
His presence and air had the appearance of frankness, ingenuousness, and manly confidence.
These two examples of ingenuousness are sufficiently characteristic of the morality of the system.
They gave these shrewd railroad men no credit for ingenuousness.
These questions, uttered with childish rapidity and ingenuousness, threw some light upon the apparent mystery.
He spoke of his marriage with all the ingenuousness and simplicity of a child.
Despite the ingenuousness of her loyal nature, Joan could no longer doubt the ill will or jealousy of the captains.
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.