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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ingenious mean? 

INGENIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective INGENIOUS has 3 senses:

1. (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action
2. skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends
3. showing inventiveness and skill

  Familiarity information: INGENIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INGENIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1ingenious [BACK TO TOP]


(used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action


imaginative; ingenious; inventive

Context examples:

an imaginative use of material / the invention of the knitting frame by another ingenious English clergyman / an ingenious device / had an inventive turn of mind / inventive ceramics


creative; originative (having the ability or power to create)

Sense 2ingenious [BACK TO TOP]


Skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends


adroit; clever; ingenious

Context examples:

cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politician / came up with a clever story / an ingenious press agent / an ingenious scheme


artful (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft)

Sense 3ingenious [BACK TO TOP]


Showing inventiveness and skill


cunning; ingenious; clever

Context examples:

a clever gadget / the cunning maneuvers leading to his success / an ingenious solution to the problem


adroit (quick or skillful or adept in action or thought)

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