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
She can make ingenuousness seem noble, by expressing a powerful will to find
  the best in life.
It adorned his countenance, and beamed in his bold, dauntless eye-His
  ingenuousness was marked by every one.
Michal loves his brother's scary bedtime tales, an affection he conveys with
  infectious ingenuousness.
Artistic ingenuousness is something that's difficult, if not impossible, to
  fake.
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