Definition of ingenuous in English:

ingenuous

Line breaks: in|genu|ous
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs
 
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adjective

Derivatives

ingenuously

adverb
More example sentences
  • Whether angling to arrive at a lecture with a victim family member or throwing shade on each other's designs, these architects ingenuously perform for the camera.
  • It's both a juggling and a balancing act where sometimes the fiction wobbles ingenuously, and stumbles away from the security of direct or amplified quotation.
  • If you ask me, he was often fairly on the mark, but he was not one to waste time ingenuously explaining his agenda, unless it was going to further it.

ingenuousness

noun
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  • But what's captivating about this book is its candor, its ingenuousness, and really its alien-ness.
  • He infuses recurring, revelatory pieces about the emotional effects of a father's absenteeism to complement the ever-unfurling theme of ingenuousness.
  • He shook his head at his friends' ingenuousness.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin ingenuus literally 'native, inborn', from in- 'into' + an element related to gignere 'beget'. The original sense was 'noble, generous', giving rise to 'honourably straightforward, frank', hence 'innocently frank' (late 17th century).

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