ingenuous

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From Latin ingenuus ("of noble character, frank")

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ingenuous (comparative more ingenuous, superlative most ingenuous)

  1. Naive and trusting.
  2. Demonstrating childlike simplicity.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, ch. 12
      "Do you mean to say you didn't leave your wife for another woman?"
      "Of course not."
      "On your word of honour?"
      I don't know why I asked for that. It was very ingenuous of me.
  3. Unsophisticated; simple.
  4. Unable to mask one's feelings.
  5. Straightforward, candid, open, and frank.

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Do not confuse with ingenious.