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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
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It is also proper, that for performing these exercises the citizens should be divided into distinct classes, according to their ages, and that the young persons should have proper officers to be with them, and that the seniors should be with the magistrates; for having them before their eyes would greatly inspire true modesty and ingenuous fear.
That is a classical line, young lady; and, being rendered into English, is, `a lad of an ingenuous countenance, and of an ingenuous modesty;' for this was a virtue in great repute both among the Latins and Greeks.
I should have liked you better if you hadn't made that ingenuous appeal to my sympathies.
retorted Dennis, shaking his head, with a kind of pity for his friend's ingenuous youth; 'but suppose the iron an't hot, brother
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.
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.
His ingenuous delight in it was a delight to her, and a new and mutual love-thrill was theirs--because of a flower.
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.
He had an idea that she knew how to take care of herself a good deal better than the ingenuous May imagined.
He was not so ingenuous as in those days which now seemed so long ago at Heidelberg, and, beginning to take a more deliberate interest in humanity, he was inclined to examine and to criticise.
Did you ever know a more harmless, ingenuous, delightful young man in your life?
She leaned a little forward in her place, she passed with all the effortless facility of her ingenuous youth, into the dim world of golden fancies which the story of the opera was slowly unfolding.