The definition of ingenuity is the quality of being clever, creative or imaginative.
An example of ingenuity is Steve Job's inventions of the iPhone and iPad.
- Obs. the quality of being ingenuous
- the quality of being ingenious; cleverness, originality, skill, etc.
- pl. -·ties an ingenious device, stratagem, etc.
Origin of ingenuityClassical Latin ingenuitas ; from ingenuus (see ingenuous): ingenuitysense influenced, influence by associated, association with ingenious
- Inventive skill or imagination; cleverness.
- An ingenious or imaginative contrivance.
- Obsolete Ingenuousness.
Origin of ingenuityLatin ingenuitas, frankness (influenced by ingenious), from ingenuus, ingenuous; see ingenuous.
(usually uncountable, plural ingenuities)
From Latin ingenuitās.