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Definitions for ingenious
ɪnˈdʒin yəsin·ge·nious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clever, cunning, ingenious(adj)

    showing inventiveness and skill

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


  1. ingenious(Adjective)

    Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.

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

  2. ingenious(Adjective)

    Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.

    That is an ingenious model of the atom.

  3. ingenious(Adjective)

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

    He sent me an ingenious reply for an email.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ingenious(adj)

    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. Ingenious(adj)

    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. Ingenious(adj)

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

  4. Ingenious(adj)

    mental; intellectual

  5. Origin: [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. Sir Arthur Helps:

    Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    When everything around you is crazy, it is ingenious to stay calm.

  3. Livy:

    Men?s minds are generally ingenious in palliating guilt in themselves.

  4. Ambrose Bierce:

    Barometer, n. An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.

  5. Edgar Allen Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue:

    The ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.

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