- The definition of ingenuous is open or frank.
An example of ingenuous is a person who tells the truth.
- Obsolete 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 gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ingenuous, superlative most ingenuous)
Do not confuse with ingenious.
From Latin ingenuus ("of noble character, frank")