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simple; straightforward; open; naïve; artlessly frank; candid; innocent: a con artist with the ingenuous smile of a child
Not to be confused with:
ingenious – characterized by cleverness or originality of invention or construction: an ingenious device; brilliant; resourceful
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).
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]
in•gen•u•ous(ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs)
1. free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation.
2. artless; innocent; naive.
3. Obs. honorable or noble.
[1590–1600; < Latin ingenuus native, honorable, frank]
usage: See ingenious.
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|Adj.||1.||ingenuous - 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"
|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"|
1. Free from guile, cunning, or deceit: