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in·gen·u·ous

 (ĭn-jĕn′yo͞o-əs)
adj.
1. Lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness; innocent or naive: I'm not so ingenuous as to believe everything he says. See Synonyms at naive.
2. Straightforward or frank; candid: "I must be so ingenuous as to own that the accounts are not so certain as to the exact time and place of his birth" (Memoir of Martinus Scriblerus).

[Latin ingenuus, honest, freeborn; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

in·gen′u·ous·ly adv.
in·gen′u·ous·ness n.

ingenuous

(ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs)
adj
1. naive, artless, or innocent
2. candid; frank; straightforward
[C16: from Latin ingenuus freeborn, worthy of a freeman, virtuous, from in-2 + -genuus, from gignere to beget]
inˈgenuously adv
inˈgenuousness n

in•gen•u•ous

(ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs)

adj.
1. free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation.
2. artless; innocent; naive.
3. Obs. honorable or noble.
[1590–1600; < Latin ingenuus native, honorable, frank]
in•gen′u•ous•ly, adv.
in•gen′u•ous•ness, n.
usage: See ingenious.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ingenuous - characterized by an inability to mask your feelingsingenuous - characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious; "an ingenuous admission of responsibility"
sincere - open and genuine; not deceitful; "he was a good man, decent and sincere"; "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"; "sincere friendship"
naif, naive - marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"
artful, disingenuous - not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness; "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time"- David Cannadine; "a disingenuous excuse"
2.ingenuous - lacking in sophistication or worldliness; "a child's innocent stare"; "his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"
naif, naive - marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"

ingenuous

ingenuous

adjective
Translations

ingenuous

[ɪnˈdʒenjʊəs] ADJ (= naive) → ingenuo; (= candid) → cándido

ingenuous

[ɪnˈdʒɛnjuəs] adj (= candid) → ingénu(e)

ingenuous

adj
(= candid)offen, aufrichtig, unbefangen
(= naïve)naiv

ingenuous

[ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs] adjingenuo/a
References in classic literature ?
With ingenuous frankness he spoke of what a wicked, ill-disciplined boy he had been, and impulsively drew up his cuff to exhibit upon his wrist the scar from a saber cut which he had received in a duel outside of Paris when he was nineteen.
The ingenuous Alice gazed at his free air and proud carriage, as she would have looked upon some precious relic of the Grecian chisel, to which life had been imparted by the intervention of a miracle; while Heyward, though accustomed to see the perfection of form which abounds among the uncorrupted natives, openly expressed his admiration at such an unblemished specimen of the noblest proportions of man.
I rejoice to hear so favorable and so ingenuous an account of my cousin Clifford," said the benevolent Judge.
This ingenuous remark confirmed Miss Maxwell's opinion of Rebecca as a girl who could hear the truth and profit by it.
He was a stout man, of about two- or three-and-twenty, with an open, ingenuous countenance, a black, mild eye, and cheeks rosy and downy as an autumn peach.
As Dantes spoke, Villefort gazed at his ingenuous and open countenance, and recollected the words of Renee, who, without knowing who the culprit was, had besought his indulgence for him.
He was one of those fine, ingenuous natures which assimilate themselves easily to the dispositions of others.
That of the latter was very highly polished, insinuating, and although far from unpleasantly so, yet slightly artificial; while that of the former was simple, ingenuous, and in the presence of Miss Henly was apt to be at times a little constrained.
The mother smiled; and she was not quite ingenuous when she said in answer to the remark,
My experienced commander seemed in one searching glance to read my thoughts on my ingenuous face.
Heaven only knows what he said to them, but he caused smiles and blushes to mantle their ingenuous faces.
I am delighted to meet with you, my young friend, for I think an ingenuous mind, such as I doubt not yours must be, will exhibit all the advantages of a settled doctrine and devout liturgy.