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ɪnˈdʒin yəsin·ge·nious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clever, cunning, ingeniousadjective

    showing inventiveness and skill

    "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"


  1. ingeniousadjective

    Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.

    This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had.

  2. ingeniousadjective

    Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.

    That is an ingenious model of the atom.

  3. ingeniousadjective

    Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.

    He sent me an ingenious reply for an email.

  4. Etymology: From ingeniosus, from ingenium, from in + gignere, genere. Compare ingénieux; see also engine.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INGENIOUSadjective

    Etymology: ingenieux, Fr. ingeniosus, Latin.

    'Tis a per'lous boy,
    Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable:
    He's all the mother's from the top to toe. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Our ingenious friend Cowley not only has employed much eloquence to persuade that truth in his preface, but has in one of his poems given a noble example of it. Boyle.

    The king is mad: how stiff is my vile sense,
    That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling
    Of my huge sorrows; better I were distract. William Shakespeare.


  1. ingenious

    Ingenious refers to an individual or an idea that is characterized by cleverness, originality, and inventiveness. It often implies using unconventional and creative thinking to come up with a brilliant solution to a problem or a novel approach or design. It can also refer to a distinct aptitude for discovering, inventing, or contriving.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ingeniousadjective

    possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic

  2. Ingeniousadjective

    proseeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc

  3. Ingeniousadjective

    witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply

  4. Ingeniousadjective

    mental; intellectual

  5. Etymology: [L. ingeniosus, fr. ingenium innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius: cf. F. ingnieux. See Engine.]


  1. Ingenious

    Ingenious is the English name for Einfach Genial, a German abstract strategy board game designed by Reiner Knizia under commission from Sophisticated Games and published in 2004 by Kosmos. Across most of Europe it is titled as the local translation of Ingenious or Simply Ingenious, the notable exception being Mensa Connections in the UK.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ingenious

    in-jē′ni-us, adj. of good natural abilities: skilful in inventing: witty.—adv. Ingē′niously.—ns. Ingē′niousness, Ingenū′ity, power of ready invention: facility in combining ideas: curiousness in design; Ingē′nium, bent of mind. [L. ingeniosusingenium, mother-wit, from in, and gen, root of gignĕre, to beget.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingenious in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingenious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ingenious in a Sentence

  1. Henry Kissinger:

    No foreign policy-no matter how ingenious-has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.

  2. James Joyce:

    Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins commited in previous lives.

  3. Zhang Hanwen:

    This isn't to say we conclusively disproved any human involvement, in our scenario, modern humans settled on each landmass after proboscidean extinction risk had already escalated. An ingenious, highly adaptable social predator like our species could be the perfect black swan occurrence to deliver the coup de grâce.

  4. Pfoofy Solar manager Achoge:

    We were awarded $100,000 by the United States African Development Fund and Power Africa for the ingenious innovation. It is this money that we are now using to upscale the solar project.

  5. Sir Arthur Helps:

    Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.

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