Definition of ingenuity in English:


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


The quality of being clever, original, and inventive.
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  • 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;
talent, skill, mastery;
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.

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