Ingenuity meaning

ĭnjə-no͝oĭ-tē, -nyo͝o-
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Inventive skill or imagination; cleverness.
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The ability to solve difficult problems, often in original, clever, and inventive ways.

The pyramids demonstrate the ingenuity of the ancient Egyptians.

Poverty is the mother of ingenuity.

"Ingenuity is one of the characteristics of a beaver."

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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.

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An ingenious or imaginative contrivance.
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The quality of being ingenious; cleverness, originality, skill, etc.
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(obs.) The quality of being ingenuous.
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An ingenious device, stratagem, etc.
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(obsolete) Ingenuousness.
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Origin of ingenuity

  • Latin ingenuitās frankness (influenced by ingenious) from ingenuus ingenuous ingenuous

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

  • From Latin ingenuitās.

    From Wiktionary