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 ?
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.
It is the story of a life which reaches its consummation in attaining to a second ingenuousness or in returning to childhood.
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.
In my ingenuousness I hoped that Sylvester would marry Lena, and thus give all the country girls a better position in the town.
The transparency and ingenuousness, in a way, of that delusion, the airy tone, the hint of already growing pride, were perfectly delicious.
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.
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.
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.
And really if in the ingenuousness of youth, you open your heart so readily on the subject, I am afraid your career will be an extremely short one.
The child-like ingenuousness with which his visitor spoke, her modest fearlessness, her truthfulness which put all artifice aside, her entire forgetfulness of herself in her earnest quiet holding to the object with which she had come; all this, together with her reliance on his easily given promise - which in itself shamed him - presented something in which he was so inexperienced, and against which he knew any of his usual weapons would fall so powerless; that not a word could he rally to his relief.
Mr Sparkler might have replied with ingenuousness, 'My life, I have nothing to say.
I really felt ashamed to take advantage of the ingenuousness or grateful feeling of the child for the purpose of gratifying my curiosity.