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ingenuous (ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs Pronunciation for ingenuous



  1. naive, artless, or innocent
  2. candid; frank; straightforward

Derived Forms

inˈgenuously adverb
inˈgenuousness noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin ingenuus freeborn, worthy of a freeman, virtuous, from in-2 + -genuus, from gignere to beget

Example Sentences Including 'ingenuous'

Asked about the conference of self-proclaimed terrorists organised by the Lashkar-e-Toiba in Muridke, Qazi had an ingenuous answer.
India Today (1999)
But something about that smile, full of ingenuous sweetness, sent a shiver of apprehension tingling down his spine.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
Call it ingenuous or evil genius, but the Iraqis deliberately designed their chemical weapons programmes to be inspected.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
Doubts lingered as to whether he could recapture that ingenuous energy for a second album.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
He may, however, find that the mounting cunning of the crossword puzzle setters will begin to defeat his more ingenuous nature.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
In a moment of ingenuous banter another cook called her Typhoid Mary, whereupon to everyone's surprise she fled.
Jim Leavesley, George Biro THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES E-OMNIBUS (2001)
She had no affectation; what she said was honest and ingenuous , and she talked good sense.
O'Brian, Patrick Testimonies
Worldly-wise though she thought herself, Grace was innocent, even ingenuous , for seventeen.
Stewart, Michael Grace


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