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INGENUOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ingenuous mean? 

INGENUOUS (adjective)
  The adjective INGENUOUS has 2 senses:

1. characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious
2. lacking in sophistication or worldliness

  Familiarity information: INGENUOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INGENUOUS (adjective)


Sense 1ingenuous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious

Synonyms:

artless; ingenuous

Context example:

an ingenuous admission of responsibility

Similar:

candid; heart-to-heart; open (openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness)

undistorted (without alteration or misrepresentation)

Also:

sincere (open and genuine; not deceitful)

naif; naive (marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience)

Antonym:

disingenuous (not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness)


Sense 2ingenuous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in sophistication or worldliness

Synonyms:

ingenuous; innocent

Context examples:

a child's innocent stare / his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it

Similar:

naif; naive (marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience)


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