ingenuousness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ingenuousness - the quality of innocent naiveteingenuousness - the quality of innocent naivete  
naiveness, naivete, naivety - lack of sophistication or worldliness
innocency - an innocent quality or thing or act; "the innocencies of childhood"
2.ingenuousness - openly straightforward or frank
candidness, candour, forthrightness, frankness, directness, candor - the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
artlessness - ingenuousness by virtue of being free from artful deceit
disingenuousness - the quality of being disingenuous and lacking candor
Translations

ingenuousness

[ɪnˈdʒenjʊəsnɪs] N (= naivety) → ingenuidad f; (= candidness) → candidez f

ingenuousness

n
(= candour)Offenheit f, → Aufrichtigkeit f, → Unbefangenheit f
(= naïveté)Naivität f

ingenuousness

[ɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəsnɪs] ningenuità
References in classic literature ?
In my ingenuousness I hoped that Sylvester would marry Lena, and thus give all the country girls a better position in the town.
Harriet bore the intelligence very wellblaming nobody and in every thing testifying such an ingenuousness of disposition and lowly opinion of herself, as must appear with particular advantage at that moment to her friend.
Through the ingenuousness of her age beamed an ardent mind, not of the woman, but of the poet.
It truly looked a being to be loved without the usual alloy of our passions; and there was a modest ingenuousness which shone in her air, that gently impelled the hearts of others to regard its possessor with a species of holy affection.
The transparency and ingenuousness, in a way, of that delusion, the airy tone, the hint of already growing pride, were perfectly delicious.
Edmund's first object the next morning was to see his father alone, and give him a fair statement of the whole acting scheme, defending his own share in it as far only as he could then, in a soberer moment, feel his motives to deserve, and acknowledging, with perfect ingenuousness, that his concession had been attended with such partial good as to make his judgment in it very doubtful.
Blunt, with an almost youthful ingenuousness, and in those black eyes which looked at me so calmly there was a flash of the Southern beauty, still naive and romantic, as if altogether untouched by experience.
Yet he never saw her, or exchanged a word with her, without feeling that, after all, May's ingenuousness almost amounted to a gift of divination.
In his ingenuousness he doubted her story as little as he doubted what he read in books, and he was angry that such wonderful things never happened to him.
replied the prince, smiling at the ingenuousness of this little feeler.
His hopelessly masculine ingenuousness is displayed in a touching way by his care to procure some woman to attend on Flora.
It is the story of a life which reaches its consummation in attaining to a second ingenuousness or in returning to childhood.