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ingenuous | ingenuousness

ingenuous ingenuousness
naive and trusting
  • How to Memorize
    • ingenuous - naive
  • Analysis

    If somebody is described as ‘ingenuous’, they are considered to be lacking in worldliness or sophistication. It is characterized by a kind of child-like innocence and openness which can be both charming and dangerously naive. Not to be confused with ‘ingenious', which means 'clever or skillful'.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymscandidartless, unsophisticated,
    Antonymsguileful, cunning, canny,
  • Example(s)
    1. Tom didn’t leave the business for a new challenge, he left for a bigger paycheck. It would be ingenuous to think otherwise.

    2. Claire has an ingenuous smile that is very disarming, but she is no push-over.

    3. The ingenuousness of asking a total stranger for a lift is incredible to me. Anna needs to be more careful.