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English adjective: ingenuous

1. ingenuous characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious


SamplesAn ingenuous admission of responsibility.


Synonymsartless


Similarcandid, heart-to-heart, open, undistorted


See alsonaif, naive, sincere


Antonymsartful, disingenuous

2. ingenuous lacking in sophistication or worldliness


SamplesA child's innocent stare.
His ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it.


Synonymsinnocent


Similarnaif, naive


Antonymssophisticated









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