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 ?
He was possessed with a mania for patronizing Yankee ingenuity, and seeing his friends fitly furnished forth.
Perhaps the rapidity of the changes from one of these paces to the other created an optical illusion, which might thus magnify the powers of the beast; for it is certain that Heyward, who possessed a true eye for the merits of a horse, was unable, with his utmost ingenuity, to decide by what sort of movement his pursuer worked his sinuous way on his footsteps with such persevering hardihood.
Here she displayed her ingenuity and industry in a variety of flowers and fruits, beautifully coloured, elegantly shaped, and charmingly flavoured; and we were diverted with innumerable animals presenting themselves perpetually to our view.
She bore on her breast, in the curiously embroidered letter, a specimen of her delicate and imaginative skill, of which the dames of a court might gladly have availed themselves, to add the richer and more spiritual adornment of human ingenuity to their fabrics of silk and gold.
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.
There is where the deep ingenuity of the operatic idea is betrayed.
And now the tiresome chirping of a cricket that no human ingenuity could locate, began.
Emma felt that she could not do too much for her, that Harriet had a right to all her ingenuity and all her patience; but it was heavy work to be for ever convincing without producing any effect, for ever agreed to, without being able to make their opinions the same.
Their tendency is gross and illiberal; and if their construction could ever be deemed clever, time has long ago destroyed all its ingenuity.
But her ingenuity was at work to remedy the injury: while I ironed, or pursued other such stationary employments as I could not well do in the parlour, she would bring some pleasant volume and read it aloud to me.
Having at last succeeded in removing the eyebrows, Magdalen was free to combat the unfortunate impression produced on her companion's mind by every weapon of persuasion which her ingenuity could employ.
Practical suggestions being much needed, this suggestion, too, was received with acclamation, and the coach was immediately filled with eight inside and a dozen out, while as many people got on the roof of the hearse as could by any exercise of ingenuity stick upon it.