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English adjective: ingenuous

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

SamplesAn ingenuous admission of responsibility.


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.


Similarnaif, naive


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