from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating: "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who ... exemplified ... the most disagreeable traits of his time” ( David Cannadine).
- adj. Pretending to be unaware or unsophisticated; faux-naïf.
- adj. Usage Problem Unaware or uninformed; naive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; fake or deceptive.
- adj. Not ingenuous; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful.
- adj. Assuming a pose of naivete to make a point or for deception.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy.
- adj. Not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not ingenuous; not open, frank, or candid; uncandid; insincere: as, a disingenuous person; a disingenuous answer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness
dis- + ingenuous (Wiktionary)