ingenuity

[ in-juh-noo-i-tee, -nyoo- ]SEE DEFINITION OF ingenuity
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It was evident that he was well pleased with his own ingenuity.

It does not consist of ingenuity limited, but merely of inanity expanded.

Some of the work they produce is wonderful for its beauty and ingenuity.

It was the delivery of those at the apartment that taxed her ingenuity.

But a friend is a sane man who exercises not my ingenuity, but me.

And so, Phaedrus, you really imagine that I am going to improve upon the ingenuity of Lysias?

That was a question all Tressan's ingenuity could not answer.

Many of us, however, are astonished at the ingenuity that is displayed in this department.

Foresight and ingenuity of the rarest kinds are demanded there.

I enjoyed the book and admired the ingenuity with which the plot is worked out.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "honor, nobility," from Middle French ingénuité and directly from Latin ingenuitatem (nominative ingenuitas) "condition of a free-born man," figuratively "generosity, noble-mindedness," from ingenuus (see ingenuous). Etymologically, this word belongs to ingenuous, but in 17c. ingenious and ingenuous so often were confused (even by Shakespeare) that ingenuity has acquired the meaning "capacity for invention or construction" (first attested 1640s).

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