ingenuity

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From Latin ingenuitās.

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ingenuity (usually uncountable, plural ingenuities)

  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.

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