ingenuous

  • 1 Ingenuous — In*gen u*ous, a. [L. ingenuus inborn, innate, freeborn, noble, frank; pref. in in + the root of gignere to beget. See {Genius}, and cf. {Ingenious}.] 1. Of honorable extraction; freeborn; noble; as, ingenuous blood of birth. [1913 Webster] 2.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ingenuous — I adjective aboveboard, apertus, artless, blunt, candid, childlike, devoid of dissimulation, downright, forthright, frank, free from reserve, genuine, guileless, honest, honorable, inartificial, innocent, liber, naive, natural, open, outspoken,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 ingenuous — 1590s, noble in nature, from L. ingenuus with the virtues of freeborn people, of noble character, frank, upright, candid, originally native, freeborn, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + gen , root of gignere beget, produce (see GENUS (Cf.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 ingenuous — *natural, simple, naive, unsophisticated, artless Analogous words: open, *frank, candid, plain: transparent, *clear: *childlike, childish: *straightforward, aboveboard: *sin …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 ingenuous — [adj] honest, trustful artless, candid, childlike, frank, green*, guileless, innocent, like a babe in the woods*, naive, natural, open, outspoken, plain, simple, sincere, square, straightforward, trusting, unaffected, unartful, unartificial,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 ingenuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ innocent and unsuspecting. DERIVATIVES ingenuously adverb ingenuousness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «noble, generous»: from Latin ingenuus native, inborn …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 ingenuous — [in jen′yo͞o əs] adj. [L ingenuus, native, inborn, freeborn, noble, frank < ingignere, to engender < in , in + gignere, to produce: see GENUS] 1. Obs. of noble birth or nature 2. frank; open; candid 3. simple; artless; naive; without guile… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 ingenuous — ingenious, ingenuous These two words are distantly related and both have undergone a major shift in meaning. Ingenious came into English via French from a Latin source derived from ingenium ‘cleverness’; it originally meant ‘intellectual,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 ingenuous — [[t]ɪnʤe̱njuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If 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. Ant: disingenuous …

    English dictionary

  • 10 ingenuous — I. adjective Etymology: by alteration Date: 1588 obsolete ingenious II. adjective Etymology: Latin ingenuus native, freeborn, from in + gignere to beget more at kin Date: 1588 1 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 ingenuous — See ingenious, ingenuous, naïve …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 12 ingenuous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. artless, naive, simple; candid, frank, open; trusting, unsuspecting. See simpleness. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Frank] Syn. open, candid, straightforward, undisguised; see frank . 2. [Simple] Syn.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 ingenuous — in|gen|u|ous [ınˈdʒenjuəs] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: ingenuus born, free born, honest , from gignere to produce children ] an ingenuous person is simple, trusting, and honest, especially because they have not had much experience of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 ingenuous — in|gen|u|ous [ ın dʒenjuəs ] adjective someone who is ingenuous believes everything that people tell them, especially because they have not had much experience of life …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 ingenuous — [16] Etymologically, ingenuous means ‘inborn’. English acquired it from Latin ingenuus, which was composed of the prefix inand the element *gen , denoting ‘production, birth’. This was originally used for ‘born in a particular place, native, not… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 ingenuous — adjective she had never before met a grown man so ingenuous Syn: naive, innocent, simple, childlike, trusting, unwary; unsuspicious, unworldly, wide eyed, inexperienced, green; open, sincere, honest, frank, candid, forthright, artless …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 ingenuous — UK [ɪnˈdʒenjuəs] / US adjective someone who is ingenuous believes everything that people tell them, especially because they have not had much experience of life …

    English dictionary

  • 18 ingenuous — [16] Etymologically, ingenuous means ‘inborn’. English acquired it from Latin ingenuus, which was composed of the prefix inand the element *gen , denoting ‘production, birth’. This was originally used for ‘born in a particular place, native, not… …

    Word origins

  • 19 ingenuous — ingenuously, adv. ingenuousness, n. /in jen yooh euhs/, adj. 1. free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid; sincere. 2. artless; innocent; naive. 3. Obs. honorable or noble. [1590 1600; < L ingenuus native, free born, honorable, frank …

    Universalium

  • 20 ingenuous — adjective /ɪnˈdʒɛn.ju.əs/ a) naïve and trusting b) demonstrating childlike simplicity Ant: disingenuous …

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