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Meaning of INGENIOUS

Pronunciation:  in'jeenyus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
  2. [adj]  skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends; "cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politician"; "came up with a clever story"; "an ingenious press agent"; "an ingenious scheme"
  3. [adj]  (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action; "an imaginative use of material"; "the invention of the knitting frame by another ingenious English clergyman"- Lewis Mumford; "an ingenious device"; "had an inventive turn of mind"; "inventive ceramics"

INGENIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: adroit, artful, clever, creative, cunning, imaginative, inventive, originative



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*gen"ious\, a. [L. ingeniosus, fr. ingenium innate
or natural quality, natural capacity, genius: cf. F.
ing['e]nieux. See {Engine}.]
1. Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful
   or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to
   form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic.

         A man . . . very wise and ingenious in feats of war.

         Thou, king, send out For torturers ingenious.

         The more ingenious men are, the more apt are they to
         trouble themselves.                   --Sir W.

2. Proseeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by,
   genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or
   mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an
   ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc.

         Thus men go wrong with an ingenious skill. --Cowper.

3. Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious

4. Mental; intellectual. [Obs.]

         A course of learning and ingenious studies. --Shak.

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