ingenuity
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˌɪndʒəˈn(j)uːəti/
Noun

ingenuity (uncountable)

  1. The ability to solve difficult problems, often in original, clever, and inventive ways.
    The pyramids demonstrate the ingenuity of the ancient Egyptians.
    Poverty is the mother of ingenuity.
    Ingenuity is one of the characteristics of a beaver.
  2. (now rare) Ingenuousness; honesty, straightforwardness
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 17, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      And therefore I apply my selfe to ingenuitie, and ever to speake truth and what I think […].
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