Definition of ingenious in English:

ingenious

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʒiːnɪəs
 
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adjective

1(Of a person) clever, original, and inventive: he was ingenious enough to overcome the limited budget
More example sentences
  • We are ingenious and we make great things, be it art, music or inventions.
  • It was an unfortunate combination of poor building design and a couple of bright minds ingenious enough to take advantage of it.
  • What you have to believe is that humans are a very inventive and ingenious species.
Synonyms
inventive, creative, imaginative, original, innovative, resourceful, enterprising, insightful, inspired, perceptive, intuitive; clever, intelligent, bright, smart, brilliant, masterly, talented, gifted, skilful, capable; sharp, astute, sharp-witted, razor-sharp, quick, quick-witted, shrewd; elaborate, sophisticated, trailblazing, pioneering
informal on the ball, thinking outside the box, genius
1.1(Of a machine or idea) cleverly and originally devised and well suited to its purpose: ingenious devices his theory, while ingenious, is most assuredly incorrect
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  • An English geologist has come up with one of the most ingenious ideas yet suggested.
  • Using the concept of tax relief as the means of reparation is also an ingenious idea.
  • The company has a reputation for inventive adaptations, ingenious design and musical innovation.

Origin

late Middle English: from French ingénieux or Latin ingeniosus, from ingenium 'mind, intellect'; compare with engine.

Derivatives

ingeniously

adverb
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  • The 1,800 metres long wall was ingeniously designed.
  • ‘Construction plans and urban development should be ingeniously linked,’ Jose said.
  • They bought and ingeniously restored eight adjoining fishermen's shacks, linking them to create a surprisingly modest labyrinthine home.

ingeniousness

noun
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  • In fact, all you need is a reasonable grasp of physics and electrical engineering to appreciate the ingeniousness of microwave weapons.
  • The ingeniousness of tatami is realised as a square is removed to reveal the pit, which naturally is black lacquer with seasonal embossed images.
  • Justin soon realized the ingeniousness of this.

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