Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Inventive skill or imagination; cleverness.
  • n. Imaginative and clever design or construction: a narrative plot of great ingenuity.
  • n. An ingenious or imaginative contrivance.
  • n. Obsolete Ingenuousness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ability to solve difficult problems, often in original and creative ways
  • n. Ingenuousness; honesty, straightforwardness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or power of ready invention; quickness or acuteness in forming new combinations; ingeniousness; skill in devising or combining.
  • n. Curiousness, or cleverness in design or contrivance.
  • n. Openness of heart; ingenuousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ingenuousness; frankness; openness of heart.
  • n. The quality of being ingenious; inventive capacity or faculty; aptness in contrivance or combination, as of things or ideas; skill; cleverness: as, ingenuity displayed in the construction of machines, or of arguments or plots.
  • n. Ingenious contrivance; skilfulness of design, construction, or execution: as, the ingenuity of a machine; the ingenuity of a puzzle or a poem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being ingenious
  • n. the power of creative imagination

Etymologies

Latin ingenuitās, frankness (influenced by ingenious), from ingenuus, ingenuous; see ingenuous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ingenuitās. (Wiktionary)

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