ingenious

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From Middle French ingénieux, from Old French engenious, from Latin ingeniosus ‎(endowed with good natural capacity, gifted with genius), from ingenium ‎(innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius), from in ‎(in) + gignere ‎(to produce), Old Latin genere. See also engine.

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ingenious ‎(comparative more ingenious, superlative most ingenious)

  1. Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.
    This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had.
  2. Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.
    That is an ingenious model of the atom.
  3. Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.
    He sent me an ingenious reply for an email.

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Do not confuse with ingenuous.

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