Ingenious meaning

ĭn-jēnyəs
The definition of ingenious is clever and inventive, or someone who is smart, clever or original.

A brand new idea for a much-needed product is an example of an ingenious idea.

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Clever, resourceful, original, and inventive.
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Having great inventive skill and imagination.

An ingenious negotiator.

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He sent me an ingenious reply for an email.

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(obsolete) Having genius; brilliant.
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(obs.) Having genius; having great mental ability.
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Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.

This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had.

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Made or done in a clever or original way.
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Marked by or exhibiting originality or inventiveness.

An ingenious solution to the problem.

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Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.

That is an ingenious model of the atom.

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Origin of ingenious

  • Middle English from Old French ingenios from Latin ingeniōsus from ingenium inborn talent genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French ingénieux, from Old French engenious, from Latin ingeniosus (“endowed with good natural capacity, gifted with genius”), from ingenium (“innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius”), from in (“in”) + gignere (“to produce”), Old Latin genere. See also engine.

    From Wiktionary