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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ingenuousness openly straightforward or frank
    • n ingenuousness the quality of innocent naivete
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ingenuousness Ingenuity.
    • Ingenuousness The state or quality of being ingenuous; openness of heart; frankness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ingenuousness The character of being ingenuous; openness of heart; frankness; candor.
    • n ingenuousness Same as ingenuity, 2.
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  • Arnold Bennett
    “Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity.”
  • George D. Prentice
    George D. Prentice
    “Some people use one half their ingenuity to get into debt, and the other half to avoid paying it.”
  • Gene Brown
    Gene Brown
    “Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.”
  • Bob Richards
    Bob Richards
    “Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.”


In literature:

And already this inebriating illusion of an ingenuous girl concerning a common male was helping to shape monstrous events.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
In travelling through this Eden no road was necessary, nor any ingenuity in conducting wheel-carriages wherever we chose.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
But this is not a question of ingenuity, not a question of syllogisms, but of sides.
"Emerson and Other Essays" by John Jay Chapman
Antonyms: guileless, candid, ingenuous, sincere, open.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
There has been no lack of ingenuity, enterprise, or industry among the inhabitants.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
She thought now, with all the concentration of her ingenuity.
"In The Palace Of The King" by F. Marion Crawford
It is useless to expend our ingenuity in purifying the stream, unless the fountain be cleansed.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
The unknown girl had promised him a way through her window and he had confidence in her ingenuity and daring.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Human ingenuity had not yet evolved far enough for him.
"The Living Present" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
I stood admiring ingenuously, stubborn in my fascination.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
And Audrey now believed everything that she had ever heard or read about the miraculous ingenuity of detectives.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Tales of the despatch-runners' ingenuity in all parts of the Colony were many.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. IV (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Everyone admitted and praised the ingenuity of the invention, but no one would invest a dollar in it.
"Inventors" by Philip Gengembre Hubert
Who has ingenuity enough to explain this?
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 4 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
I think I can guess where my ingenuous biographer borrowed these fables.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
Several of them are submitted to the reader's ingenuity on the following page.
"Caricature and Other Comic Art" by James Parton
His ingenuous piety and vivid faith gained their hearts.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
The eyes are dark, limpid, ingenuous; the mouth expresses sensibility.
"Mortal Coils" by Aldous Huxley
There is great ingenuity in the method of attack.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
And that, too, in speaking to such a boyish, ingenuous individual as was Masters!
"Prince Charlie" by Burford Delannoy

In poetry:

To wish thee fairer is no need,
More prudent, or more sprightly,
Or more ingenuous, or more freed
From temper-flaws unsightly.
"The Poet's New-Year's Gift. To Mrs. (Afterwards Lady) Throckmorton" by William Cowper
"I'VE tried it, and can only say
I'm sure you couldn't do it, e-
ven if you practised night and day,
Unless you have a turn that way,
And natural ingenuity.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
The struggling pangs of conscious truth to hide,
To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame,
Or heap the shrine of Luxury and Pride
With incense kindled at the Muse's flame.
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
In Arcady, grave authors write,
There liv'd a Serpent, the delight,
Of an ingenuous child;
Proud of his kindness, the brave boy.
Fed and caress'd it with a joy,
Heroically mild.
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley
Ingenuous boy, warned by experience, now
The pebble's charms shall tempt thine eyes no more;
Would that my verse, my Cynthio, could bestow
A shield to guard thee against Fancy's power!
"Stanzas to Cynthio" by Amelia Opie
"Non sono io quello che i ridenti canti
"Questa notte vergo`?--Perche` gli incanti
"Soavi, perche` l'estasi
"E l'armonia dei non studiati carmi,
"Come donne, veniano a visitarmi,
"Innamorate e ingenue?
"Anacreonte" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

Never doubt the ingenuity of a true pervert 22-year-old Joel Hardman of Birmingham, England is one of those perverts.
Kacey Musgraves looks like a perfect country music ingenue – until you notice her nose-ring and the punky peroxide streak in her chestnut hair.
It is a true story of American ingenuity and one that surrounds one of the most popular drinks around the world today and that's Mountain Dew.
The French spy spoof OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) managed to revive one of the stalest movie genres through sheer comic ingenuity, and this sequel is every bit as sly and inventive.
Time was, every ingenue in town was sporting bare shoulders and décolleté.
A Little Ingenuity Can Make Common Fare Uncommon.
Nevertheless, my mother's ingenuity enabled her to create memorable meals for our family.
In most contexts, such pranks could be considered criminal, but at MIT they are called hacks and are cause for celebrating student ingenuity.
That's what I told my sister she should write because she did just that and was proud of her ingenuity.
Urban orchard project shows homegrown ingenuity.
Looked to the ingenuity of its service company, R.E.C.
How to Survive a Plague review: Desperation meets ingenuity .
Kiwi ingenuity for a cool operator.
Teen's ingenuity turns park into snow 'slopes'.
Plastic Ingenuity, Inc to Exhibit Latest Thermoforming Technologies at 2012 PACK EXPO International Show in Chicago.

In science:

Furthermore, greater ingenuity is necessary to limit as much as possible the number of interactions per bunch crossing, so that the experiments can take full advantage of the higher interaction rates.
The super-LHC
In fact, these have been the driving forces for the ingenuity and creativity in the field of inflation model building.
Primordial Non-Gaussianities from Inflation Models
With enough time, anyone can come up with detections of arbitrarily high significance – and ingenuity will surely accelerate this process.
Testing gaussianity, homogeneity and isotropy with the cosmic microwave background
Some are easy to measure, some take a considerable effort and experimental ingenuity.
The information content of a new observable: the case of the nuclear neutron skin
After two millennia of hard-won improvements, human ingenuity appeared to be finally barred by Nature’s innate complexity.
Hipparcos: a Retrospective
While at such conferences typically only the final results of long analysis chains are shown, it is easy to forget and praise all the immense work and ingenuity, which has gone into the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the various accelerators and the corresponding experiments.
Moriond 2012, QCD and High Energy Interactions: Experimental Summary
Related to these SUSY searches, there are two further aspects worth mentioning: (i) when looking at the enormous amount of analyses, in the end always condensed into a few exclusion plots, one easily forgets to appreciate the large ingenuity and the many new ideas, which are at the basis of those results.
Moriond 2012, QCD and High Energy Interactions: Experimental Summary
Some creative engineering ingenuity is required to devise macroscopic amplifications well suited for near-Earth Bell experiments, given the constraints of practicality and repeatability.
Fundamental quantum optics experiments conceivable with satellites -- reaching relativistic distances and velocities
In ref. Eisert proposes an ingenuous alternative to the classical approach, employing the concept of quantum entanglement.
Playing a quantum game on polarization vortices
Making the most out of muon capture on polarised 3He calls both for much dedicated experimental efforts and ingenuity, as well as for a renewed theoretical evaluation of the inputs involved in the description of that process.
Symmetry Tests of the Electroweak Interaction from Muon Capture on 3He
One should not underestimate the ingenuity of experimentalists with real data, but it seems likely that the LHC will not be able to study the entire SUSY spectrum. A Next Lepton Collider with √s ∼ 500 GeV should be able to detect any SUSY particles except the ˜χ0 1 that are kinematically accessible.
SUSY Before the Next Lepton Collider
Since the chirality is a multispin variable of higher order in the original spin variables, its direct experimental detection needs some ingenuity.
Universality of phase transitions of frustrated antiferromagnets
Both workshop series are valuable documentation of the ingenuities of the experimental teams.
Accelerator Neutrino Beams
The work of J.H.P. was supported by the Alberta Ingenuity Foundation.
Radiative-nonrecoil corrections of order alpha^2 (Z alpha) E_F to the hyperfine splitting of muonium
In general, it requires a great deal of ingenuity to construct mixed finite elements for elasticity.
Two remarks on rectangular mixed finite elements for elasticity