ingenuity


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in·ge·nu·i·ty

 (ĭn′jə-no͞o′ĭ-tē, -nyo͞o′-)
n. pl. in·ge·nu·i·ties
1. Inventive skill or imagination; cleverness.
2. An ingenious or imaginative contrivance.
3. Obsolete Ingenuousness.

[Latin ingenuitās, frankness (influenced by ingenious), from ingenuus, ingenuous; see ingenuous.]

ingenuity

(ˌɪndʒɪˈnjuːɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. inventive talent; cleverness
2. an ingenious device, act, etc
3. archaic frankness; candour
[C16: from Latin ingenuitās a freeborn condition, outlook consistent with such a condition, from ingenuus native, freeborn (see ingenuous); meaning influenced by ingenious]

in•ge•nu•i•ty

(ˌɪn dʒəˈnu ɪ ti, -ˈnyu-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful.
2. cleverness or skillfulness of conception or design: a device of great ingenuity.
3. an ingenious contrivance or device.
4. Obs. ingenuousness.
[1590–1600; < Latin ingenuitās innate virtue (see ingenuous, -ity)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ingenuity - the power of creative imaginationingenuity - the power of creative imagination  
creative thinking, creativeness, creativity - the ability to create
resourcefulness, imagination, resource - the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems; "a man of resource"
2.ingenuity - the property of being ingenious; "a plot of great ingenuity"; "the cleverness of its design"
high quality, superiority - the quality of being superior

ingenuity

ingenuity

noun
Translations
إبْداع، دَهاء
důmyslnost
genialitetopfindsomhed
nerokkuusnokkeluus
snilli, hugvitssemi
dômyselnosť

ingenuity

[ˌɪndʒɪˈnjuːɪtɪ] N [of person] → ingenio m, inventiva f; [of idea, scheme] → lo ingenioso

ingenuity

[ˌɪndʒəˈnjuːɪti] ningéniosité f
ingenuity in doing sth → l'ingéniosité dont on fait preuve pour faire qch
his ingenuity in finding new ways to make money → l'ingéniosité dont il fait preuve pour trouver de nouveaux moyens de faire de l'argent

ingenuity

nGenialität f; (of person also)Einfallsreichtum m, → Findigkeit f; (of idea, method also)Brillanz f; (of device, instrument also)Raffiniertheit f

ingenuity

[ˌɪndʒɪˈnjuːɪtɪ] ningegnosità

ingenious

(inˈdʒiːnjəs) adjective
1. (of a person or his personality etc) clever at inventing. He was ingenious at making up new games for the children.
2. (of an object or idea) cleverly made or thought out. an ingenious plan/machine.
inˈgeniously adverb
inˈgeniousness noun
ingenuity (indʒəˈnjuəti) noun
References in classic literature ?
She had no illness to complain of; she shared willingly in the ever-varying succession of amusements offered to strangers by the ingenuity of the liveliest people in the world--but nothing roused her: she remained persistently dull and weary through it all.
The latter are abundantly amusing, and, in view of the wonderful "travellers' tales" with which we have been entertained by African explorers, they can scarcely be considered extravagant; while the ingenuity and invention of the author will be sure to excite the surprise and the admiration of the reader, who will find M.
This young man had been hired out by his master to work in a bagging factory, where his adroitness and ingenuity caused him to be considered the first hand in the place.
He did his best to put obstacles in the adversary's way--and was baffled, time after time, with the readiest ingenuity.
Let a decree issue declaring ingenuity a capital offence.
But, although the means or ingenuity of the builders did not extend so far as to provide a roof, they supplied the want by constructing apartments in the interior of the walls of the tower itself.
In fact, so little ingenuity do they at times display in this particular, that at one of our camps on Snake River, a beaver was found with his head wedged into the cut which he had made, the tree having fallen upon him and held him prisoner until he died.
Pleasing myself with the idea that the supposition might in part arise out of some ingenuity in the story, and thinking it worth while, in the interests of art, to hint to an audience that an artist (of whatever denomination) may perhaps be trusted to know what he is about in his vocation, if they will concede him a little patience, I was not alarmed by the anticipation.
Without subtle ingenuity of mind, one cannot make certain of the truth of their reports.
He has not the sort of ingenuity to invent anything better than a Dutch toy," answered her father, who had formerly been put to much vexation by Owen Warland's irregular genius.
After years and years of experience the most trusty instrument of the sort that ever went to sea screwed on to a ship's cabin bulkhead will, almost invariably, be induced to rise by the diabolic ingenuity of the Easterly weather, just at the moment when the Easterly weather, discarding its methods of hard, dry, impassive cruelty, contemplates drowning what is left of your spirit in torrents of a peculiarly cold and horrid rain.
When at last we were all assembled, waiting for dinner to be announced, I reflected, while I chatted with the woman I had been asked to "take in," that civilised man practises a strange ingenuity in wasting on tedious exercises the brief span of his life.