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ingenuous (ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs Pronunciation for ingenuous

Definitions

adjective

  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'

But something about that smile, full of ingenuous sweetness, sent a shiver of apprehension tingling down his spine.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (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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