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ingenuous (ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs



  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'

Worldly-wise though she thought herself, Grace was innocent, even ingenuous , for seventeen.
Stewart, Michael Grace
She had no affectation; what she said was honest and ingenuous , and she talked good sense.
O'Brian, Patrick Testimonies
But something about that smile, full of ingenuous sweetness, sent a shiver of apprehension tingling down his spine.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)


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