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Definitions for ingenuous
ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əsin·gen·u·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ingenuous, artlessadjective

    characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious

    "an ingenuous admission of responsibility"

  2. innocent, ingenuousadjective

    lacking in sophistication or worldliness

    "a child's innocent stare"; "his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"


  1. ingenuousadjective

    Naive and trusting.

  2. ingenuousadjective

    Demonstrating childlike simplicity.

  3. ingenuousadjective

    Unsophisticated; simple.

  4. ingenuousadjective

    Unable to mask one's feelings.

  5. ingenuousadjective

    Straightforward, candid, open, and frank.

  6. Etymology: From ingenuus ("of noble character, frank")

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INGENUOUSadjective

    Etymology: ingenuus, Latin.

    Many speeches there are of Job's, whereby his wisdom and other virtues may appear; but the glory of an ingenuous mind he hath purchased by these words only, Behold I will lay mine hand upon my mouth; I have spoken once, yet will I not therefore maintain argument: yea twice, howbeit for that cause further I will not proceed. Richard Hooker.

    Infusing into their young breasts such an ingenuous and noble ardour, as would not fail to make many of them renowned. John Milton, on Education.

    If an ingenuous detestation of this shameful vice be but carefully and early instilled, that is the true and genuine method to obviate dishonesty. John Locke.

    Subjection, as it preserves property, peace, and safety, so it will never diminish rights nor ingenuous liberties. Charles I .


  1. ingenuous

    Ingenious refers to a person who is innocent, naive, or unsophisticated, often in a way that is refreshing or endearing. It can also mean someone who is candid, frank, or straightforward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ingenuousadjective

    of honorable extraction; freeborn; noble; as, ingenuous blood of birth

  2. Ingenuousadjective

    noble; generous; magnanimous; honorable; upright; high-minded; as, an ingenuous ardor or zeal

  3. Ingenuousadjective

    free from reserve, disguise, equivocation, or dissimulation; open; frank; as, an ingenuous man; an ingenuous declaration, confession, etc

  4. Ingenuousadjective


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ingenuous

    in-jen′ū-us, adj. frank: honourable: free from deception.—adv. Ingen′uouslyn. Ingen′uousness. [L. ingenuus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingenuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingenuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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