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Meaning of ingenious by Wiktionary Dictionary

ingenious


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    Etymology

    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. Compare French ingénieux; see also engine .

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -iːniəs

    Adjective

    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 notes

    Do not confuse with ingenuous .

    Synonyms

    • See also Wikisaurus:witty
    • See also Wikisaurus:intelligent

    See also

    • ingenious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • ingenious in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of ingenious by Wordnet Dictionary

ingenious


    Adjective
    1. showing inventiveness and skill

    2. an ingenious solution to the problem