Definition of "ingenuous" []

  • Lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness; artless. (adjective)
  • Openly straightforward or frank; candid. See Synonyms at naive. (adjective)
  • Obsolete Ingenious. (adjective)
  • Naive, artless, or innocent (adjective)

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  • Candid; frank; straightforward (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ingenuous" in a sentence
  • "Criminals on trains often adopted what the researchers described as ingenuous tactics in their activities."
  • "George Kembel, head of the Stanford d. school, calls the ingenuous device a $19,975 cost-savings."
  • "It is Jan who is "regurgitating" the kind of ingenuous drivel that a million half-arsed career pundits are lining up to declare on CH4 news and Newsnight."