Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being ingenuous; openness of heart; frankness; candor.
  • noun Same as ingenuity, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being ingenuous; openness of heart; frankness.
  • noun obsolete Ingenuity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The condition of being ingenuous

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

  • noun the quality of innocent naivete
  • noun openly straightforward or frank

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Examples

  • There is a certain ingenuousness to a passage like this (although the novel does not stick exlusively to Famke's implied point of view), but ultimately it works as much to expose the pretensions of Albert Castle ( "Albert seemed very fond of caves") as the "simplicity" of Famke's perceptions.

    Narrative Strategies

  • He owns, therefore, what it would be to no purpose to conceal; and his ingenuousness is a salvo — ‘Why, this, Madam, is no more than Mr. Lovelace himself acknowledges.’

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • 'You use an imaginary helplessness with the brutality of a buccaneer, and your ingenuousness is a pistol you put to one's head, crying: your money or your life.'

    The Explorer

  • He owns, therefore, what it would be to no purpose to conceal; and his ingenuousness is a salvo -- 'Why, this, Madam, is no more than Mr. Lovelace himself acknowledges.'

    Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady — Volume 3

  • His ingenuousness is the thing that staggers me: yet is he cunning enough to know, that whoever accuses him first, blunts the edge of an adversary's accusation.

    Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady — Volume 3

  • Today I wonder how much of this debate I will remember years from now, and wonder if it won't be the moment in which Rashid Khalidi gave Dennis Ross his microphone because Ross's had failed, and then Ross said a little too smoothly he always tried to empower Palestinians, and Khalidi said, with a kind of ingenuousness, "I would give you the shirt off my back, but it's too small."

    More on Thursday Night's Israel Lobby Debate in N.Y.

  • Combined with dimples, the same coppery hair and willowy figure as her daughter, and a radiant smile, they gave her a kind of ingenuousness that even six decades or so of living had failed to erase.

    Hoodwink

  • His ingenuousness is the thing that staggers me: yet is he cunning enough to know, that whoever accuses him first, blunts the edge of an adversary’s accusation.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Simplicity is a childlike ingenuousness which is encountered when it is not expected; and it is for this very reason that, taking the word in its strictest sense, simplicity could not be attributed to childhood properly speaking.

    Aesthetical Essays of Frederich Schiller

  • Simplicity is a childlike ingenuousness which is encountered when it is not expected; and it is for this very reason that, taking the word in its strictest sense, simplicity could not be attributed to childhood properly speaking.

    The Works of Frederich Schiller

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