What does ingenuity mean?

Definitions for ingenuityˌɪn dʒəˈnu ɪ ti, -ˈnyu-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ingenuity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inventiveness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, cleverness(noun)

    the power of creative imagination

  2. ingenuity, ingeniousness, cleverness(noun)

    the property of being ingenious

    "a plot of great ingenuity"; "the cleverness of its design"


  1. ingenuity(Noun)

    The ability to solve difficult problems, often in original and creative ways

  2. ingenuity(Noun)

    Ingenuousness; honesty, straightforwardness.

  3. Origin: From ingenuitas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ingenuity(noun)

    the quality or power of ready invention; quickness or acuteness in forming new combinations; ingeniousness; skill in devising or combining

  2. Ingenuity(noun)

    curiousness, or cleverness in design or contrivance; as, the ingenuity of a plan, or of mechanism

  3. Ingenuity(noun)

    openness of heart; ingenuousness


  1. Ingenuity

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingenuity in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingenuity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sindiswa Matyobeni:

    Challenges cultivate ingenuity

  2. Anonymous British civil servant, "Take Her Deep" by I.J. Galatin, Cdr., US Navy, ret.:

    The ingenuity of the device blinds us to its utter uselessness.

  3. Tom Czekanski:

    They are fast and nimble and a great piece of American ingenuity used in the war.

  4. George S. Patton:

    Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

  5. George S. Patton:

    Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

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