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ingenuity

[in-juh-noo-i-tee, -nyoo-] /ˌɪn dʒəˈnu ɪ ti, -ˈnyu-/
noun, plural ingenuities for 3.
1.
the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful; inventiveness:
a designer of great ingenuity.
2.
cleverness or skillfulness of conception or design:
a device of great ingenuity.
3.
an ingenious contrivance or device.
4.
Obsolete, ingenuousness.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin ingenuitās innate virtue, etc. (see ingenuous, -ity); current senses by association with ingenious
Related forms
hyperingenuity, noun
superingenuity, noun, plural superingenuities.
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ingenuity

/ˌɪndʒɪˈnjuːɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
inventive talent; cleverness
2.
an ingenious device, act, etc
3.
(archaic) frankness; candour
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ingenuitās a freeborn condition, outlook consistent with such a condition, from ingenuus native, freeborn (see ingenuous); meaning influenced by ingenious
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Word Origin and History for super ingenuity
ingenuity
1598, "honor, nobility," from L. ingenuitas "condtion of a free-born man, noble-mindedness," from ingenuus (see ingenuous). Etymologically, this word belongs to ingenuous, though it was so constantly confused in meaning with ingenious (q.v.) in 17c. that its form and sense now partake of that word, and with the meaning "capacity for invention or construction" (first attested 1649).
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