Definitions for ingenuityˌɪn dʒəˈnu ɪ ti, -ˈnyu-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
in•ge•nu•i•tyˌɪn dʒəˈnu ɪ ti, -ˈnyu-(n.)(pl.)-ties.
the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful.
cleverness or skillfulness of conception or design:
a device of great ingenuity.
an ingenious contrivance or device.
Origin of ingenuity:
1590–1600; < L ingenuitās innate virtue (see ingenuous , -ity )
inventiveness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, cleverness(noun)
the power of creative imagination
ingenuity, ingeniousness, cleverness(noun)
the property of being ingenious
"a plot of great ingenuity"; "the cleverness of its design"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
ingenuity(noun)ˌɪn dʒəˈnu ɪ ti, -ˈnyu-
the fact of being ingenious
the ingenuity of the Internet; my admiration for her ingenuity
The ability to solve difficult problems, often in original and creative ways
Ingenuousness; honesty, straightforwardness.
Origin: From ingenuitas.
the quality or power of ready invention; quickness or acuteness in forming new combinations; ingeniousness; skill in devising or combining
curiousness, or cleverness in design or contrivance; as, the ingenuity of a plan, or of mechanism
openness of heart; ingenuousness
Ingenuity is the quality of being clever, original, and inventive, often in the process of applying ideas to solve problems or meet challenges. For example, the process of figuring out how to cross a mountain stream using a fallen log, building an airplane model from a sheet of paper, or starting a new company in a foreign culture all involve the exercising of ingenuity. Human ingenuity has led to various technological developments through applied science, and can also be seen in the development of new social organizations, institutions and relationships. Ingenuity involves the most complex human thought processes, bringing together our thinking and acting both individually and collectively to take advantage of opportunities and/or overcome problems. One example of how ingenuity is used conceptually can be found in the analysis of Thomas Homer-Dixon, building on that of Paul Romer, to refer to what is usually called instructional capital. In the case of Homer-Dixon, his use of the phrase 'ingenuity gap' denotes the space between a challenge and a solution. His particular contribution is to explore the social dimensions of ingenuity. Typically we think of ingenuity being used to build faster computers or more advanced medical treatments. Homer-Dixon argues that as the complexity of the world increases, our ability to solve the problems we face is becoming critical. Human ingenuity is also included in many school systems, with most teachers encouraging students to be educated in human ingenuity.
Translations for ingenuity
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
- إبْداع، دَهاءArabic
- geniosidadePortuguese (BR)
- die ErfindungsgabeGerman
- opfindsomhed; genialitetDanish
- επινοητικότητα, εφευρετικότηταGreek
- dosjetljivost, dosjetkaCroatian
- találékonyság, leleményesség, szellemességHungarian
- snilli, hugvitssemiIcelandic
- 발명의 재간, 창의력Korean
- išradingumas, sumanumasLithuanian
- atjautība; izdomaLatvian
- kunstferdighet, genialitetNorwegian
- fyndighet, påhittighet, genialitetSwedish
- hüner, marifetTurkish
- 巧思Chinese (Trad.)
- винахідливість; дотепністьUkrainian
- اختراع کی صلاحیتUrdu
- tài khéo léoVietnamese
- 智巧，独创性Chinese (Simp.)
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