ingenuousness

[ in-jen-yoo-uhs ]SEE DEFINITION OF ingenuousness

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INGENUOUSNESS

There is an ingenuousness, an honourable frankness about him, that I love.

Mr Sparkler might have replied with ingenuousness, 'My life, I have nothing to say.'

His presence and air had the appearance of frankness, ingenuousness, and manly confidence.

They gave these shrewd railroad men no credit for ingenuousness.

With the utmost sincerity and ingenuousness he condemned Mr. Edwards.

He spoke of his marriage with all the ingenuousness and simplicity of a child.

The ingenuousness, the naïve quality that made dear the art of the Fatherland, has disappeared.

Such unaffected simplicity and ingenuousness is most refreshing to witness.

"Well, maybe a little," admitted Joe, smiling at the lad's ingenuousness.

Unhappily, ingenuousness is disappearing, even in the rural districts.

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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