An example of ingenuous is a person who tells the truth.
- Obs. of noble birth or nature
- frank; open; candid
- simple; artless; naive; without guile
Origin of ingenuousClassical Latin ingenuus, native, inborn, freeborn, noble, frank from ingignere, to engender from in-, in + gignere, to produce: see genus
- Lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness; innocent or naive: I'm not so ingenuous as to believe everything he says. See Synonyms at naive.
- 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 )
Origin of ingenuousLatin ingenuus honest, freeborn ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ingenuous, superlative most ingenuous)
Do not confuse with ingenious.
From Latin ingenuus ("of noble character, frank")