Definition of ingenuity in English:

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ingenuity

Pronunciation: /ˌɪndʒɪˈnjuːɪti/

noun

[mass noun]
The quality of being clever, original, and inventive: considerable ingenuity must be employed in writing software the ingenuity of Haydn’s scoring
More 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.
Synonyms
inventiveness, creativity, imagination, originality, innovation, resourcefulness, enterprise, insight, inspiration, perceptiveness, perception, intuition, flair, finesse, artistry, genius;
cleverness, intelligence, brilliance, mastery, talent, skill;
sharpness, astuteness, acumen, acuity, sharp-wittedness, quick-wittedness, quickness, shrewdness;
sophistication
informal thinking outside the box

Origin

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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