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ingenuity Syllabification: in·ge·nu·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌinjəˈn(y)o͞oədē/

Definition of ingenuity in English:


The quality of being clever, original, and inventive.
Example sentences
  • In every way - performance, build quality, ingenuity of design - it is the better car.
  • He resolves to build a monument to nineteenth century ingenuity and invention that will blend fantasy and reality.
  • This is because there was little structural inventiveness or technical ingenuity.
inventiveness, creativity, imagination, innovation, enterprise, insight, perception, perceptiveness, intuition, inspiration;
finesse, flair, artistry;
genius, intelligence, cleverness, brilliance;
talent, skill, mastery;
acumen, astuteness, sharpness, shrewdness
informal thinking outside the box


Late 16th century (also in the senses 'nobility' and 'ingenuousness'): from Latin ingenuitas 'ingenuousness', from ingenuus 'inborn'. The current meaning arose by confusion of ingenuous with ingenious.

Words that rhyme with ingenuity

acuity, ambiguity, annuity, assiduity, congruity, contiguity, continuity, exiguity, fatuity, fortuity, gratuity, perpetuity, perspicuity, promiscuity, suety, superfluity, tenuity, vacuity
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