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"The truth is, I don't know where to put them," ingenuously acknowledged Hurst.

By what I have ingenuously told you, you may see who began this corruption.

Then, convincingly and ingenuously, I knew you loved me the moment we first met.

"To thank you for all your kindness to her," replied the lad, ingenuously.

"I fear so," answered Bertha, ingenuously, and yet blushing deeply.

"I shall be delighted if I can be of any service to you," she said ingenuously.

"My companion and I have fled the Gallic camp," responded Meroë ingenuously.

He had related them to me clearly and ingenuously, and I had listened with interest.

"It is the first time I haven't got what I wanted," she said ingenuously.

Pray why, inquired Ralph ingenuously, did Darsie not come when she had the chance?

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "noble in nature," from Latin ingenuus "with the virtues of freeborn people, of noble character, frank, upright, candid," originally "native, freeborn," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gen-, root of gignere "beget, produce" (see genus). Sense of "artless, innocent" is 1670s, via evolution from "high-minded" to "honorably open, straightforward," to "innocently frank." Related: Ingenuously; ingenuousness.

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