[ US /ˌɪnˈdʒɛnjuəs/ ]
[ UK /ɪnd‍ʒˈɛnjuːəs/ ]
  1. lacking in sophistication or worldliness
    his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it
    a child's innocent stare
  2. characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious
    an ingenuous admission of responsibility
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How To Use ingenuous In A Sentence

  • But then he got a little disingenuous. Times, Sunday Times
  • He and Barton were now called upon for their names, and in return, we were favoured with the liquid and vowelly appellatives, by which our ingenuous and communicative acquaintances were respectively designated. The Island Home
  • The Israelis already possess them, operating disingenuously and outside international norms again, an exceptionalism granted by the United States’ favor andmight. The Volokh Conspiracy » Pro-Palestinian “Peace Activists”
  • That's as clear an admission as one could hope for that the entire exercise is disingenuous.
  • I assure you, I'm neither ingenuous or disingenuous here.
  • The Palace manager was being slightly disingenuous. Times, Sunday Times
  • Unfortunately, when these rules are broken there is a real danger that an ingenuous error will evolve from self-delusion to fraud.
  • But let's remember this: Bowman is a master dissembler and is prone to making disingenuous comments at times such as these; comments designed to deflect any suspicions that he may have had a role in this decision. Coach Savard, we hardly knew you
  • Perhaps it's his glaring vanity - it is surely disingenuous for a man in his sixties to sport such a pompadour and pretend that he doesn't want it noticed.
  • Ryder's familiarity with the camera contributes to his disarmingly ingenuous presence, by turns determined and naive.
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