ingenuousingenuous | meaning of ingenuous in Collins Dictionariesingenuous meaning, definition, what is ingenuous: naive, artless, or innocent: Learn more.naive, artless, or innocentWhat does ingenuous mean and how do you use ingenuous in a sentence?[URL]/ingenuous
C16: from Latin ingenuus freeborn, worthy of a freeman, virtuous, from in-2 + -genuus, from gignere to beget
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graded adjective & adjectiveIf you describe someone as ingenuous, you mean that they are innocent, trusting, and honest. [formal] ⇒ He seemed too ingenuous for a reporter. ⇒ With ingenuous sincerity, he captivated his audience.ingenuouslygraded adverb & adverb [ADV with v, ADV adj] ⇒ Somewhat ingenuously, he explains how the crime may be accomplished. ⇒ He smiled, eyes ingenuously wide.
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Worldly-wise though she thought herself, Grace was innocent, even ingenuous , for seventeen.Stewart, Michael GRACEShe had no affectation; what she said was honest and ingenuous , and she talked good sense.O'Brian, Patrick TESTIMONIESBut something about that smile, full of ingenuous sweetness, sent a shiver of apprehensiontingling down his spine.Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEPHe'd been showing off for her at the poker table, it made him seem young and ingenuous , despite the sophistication of the game.Spellman, Cathy Cash PAINT THE WIND