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ingenious

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French ingénieux, from Old French engenious, from Latin ingeniosus (endowed with good natural capacity, gifted with genius), from ingenium (innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius), from in (in) + gignere (to produce), Old Latin genere. See also engine.

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ingenious (comparative more ingenious, superlative most ingenious)

  1. Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.
    This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had.
  2. Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.
    That is an ingenious model of the atom.
  3. Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.
    He sent me an ingenious reply for an email.

Usage notesEdit

Do not confuse with ingenuous.

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