Definitions

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

Etymologies

dis- +‎ ingenuous (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The symbol that stands out too sharply from its matrix may distract the reader's eye from the fictional dream with the unpleasant effect of making the writer seem frigid and his story disingenuous.

    John Garnder, Notes on the Fictional Process

    November 28, 2011