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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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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|Noun||1.||ingenuousness - the quality of innocent naivete |
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