Ingenuous definition

ĭn-jĕnyo͝o-əs
Demonstrating childlike simplicity.
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The definition of ingenuous is open or frank.

An example of ingenuous is a person who tells the truth.

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Lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness; innocent or naive.

I'm not so ingenuous as to believe everything he says.

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Unable to mask one's feelings.
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Straightforward or frank; candid.
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Frank; open; candid.
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Simple; artless; naive; without guile.
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(obs.) Of noble birth or nature.
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Origin of ingenuous

  • Latin ingenuus honest, freeborn genə- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin ingenuus ("of noble character, frank")

    From Wiktionary