Ingenuity

  • 1 Ingenuity — In ge*nu i*ty, n. [L. ingenuitas ingenuousness: cf. F. ing[ e]nuit[ e]. See {Ingenuous}.] 1. The quality or power of ready invention; quickness or acuteness in forming new combinations; ingeniousness; skill in devising or combining. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ingenuity — 1590s, honor, nobility, from M.Fr. ingénuité and directly from L. ingenuitatem (nom. ingenuitas) condition of a free born man, figuratively generosity, noble mindedness, from ingenuus (see INGENUOUS (Cf. ingenuous)). Etymologically, this word… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 ingenuity — [in΄jə no͞o′ə tē, in΄jənyo͞o′ə tē] n. [L ingenuitas < ingenuus (see INGENUOUS): INGENUITY sense 1 infl. by assoc. with INGENIOUS] 1. Obs. the quality of being ingenuous 2. the quality of being ingenious; cleverness, originality, skill, etc. 3 …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 ingenuity — index artifice, gift (flair), performance (workmanship), skill, specialty (special aptitude) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 ingenuity — [n] cleverness ability, adroitness, astuteness, brains, brightness, brilliance, creativity, cunning, dexterity, flair, genius, gumption, intelligence, inventiveness, resourcefulness, shrewdness, skill, smartness, talent, wisdom, wit; concept 409 …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 ingenuity — ► NOUN ▪ the quality of being ingenious. ORIGIN Latin ingenuitas ingenuousness , from ingenuus inborn ; the current meaning arose by confusion of ingenuous with ingenious …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 ingenuity — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, great ▪ a little ▪ technical ▪ human ▪ American, Yankee …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 8 ingenuity — n. 1) human ingenuity 2) the ingenuity to + inf. (she had the ingenuity to succeed where everyone else had failed) * * * [ˌɪndʒɪ njuːɪtɪ] human ingenuity the ingenuity to + inf. (she had the ingenuity to succeed where everyone else had failed) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 Ingenuity — The term ingenuity or applied ideas is used in the analysis of Thomas Homer Dixon, building on that of Paul Romer, to refer to what is usually called instructional capital. is often inherent in creative individuals, and thus is considered hard to …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 ingenuity — /in jeuh nooh i tee, nyooh /, n., pl. ingenuities for 3. 1. the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful; inventiveness: a designer of great ingenuity. 2. cleverness or skillfulness of conception or design: a device of great ingenuity.… …

    Universalium

  • 11 ingenuity — [[t]ɪ̱nʤənju͟ːɪti, AM nu͟ː [/t]] N UNCOUNT Ingenuity is skill at working out how to achieve things or skill at inventing new things. Inspecting the nest can be difficult and may require some ingenuity …

    English dictionary

  • 12 ingenuity — noun The ability to solve difficult problems, often in original and creative ways The pyramids demonstrate the ingenuity of the ancient Egyptians. See Also: ingenious, ingenuous …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 ingenuity — in•ge•nu•i•ty [[t]ˌɪn dʒəˈnu ɪ ti, ˈnyu [/t]] n. pl. ties 1) the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful 2) cleverness or skillfulness of conception or design: a device of great ingenuity[/ex] 3) an ingenious contrivance or device 4)… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 ingenuity — noun (plural ties) Date: circa 1592 1. obsolete candor, ingenuousness 2. a. skill or cleverness in devising or combining ; inventiveness b. cleverness or aptness of design or contrivance 3. an ingenious device or contrivance …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 ingenuity — Synonyms and related words: ability, acuteness, address, adeptness, adroitness, airmanship, aptness, art, artfulness, artisanship, artistry, bravura, brilliance, canniness, capability, capacity, cleverness, command, competence, control,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 ingenuity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. skill; cleverness; inventiveness; originality. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. inventiveness, imagination, resourcefulness; see ability 1 , 2 , originality . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. cleverness,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 ingenuity — in|ge|nu|i|ty [ˌındʒəˈnju:ıti US ˈnu: ] n [U] skill at inventing things and thinking of new ideas …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 ingenuity — in|ge|nu|i|ty [ ,ındʒə nuəti ] noun uncount the ability to solve problems in new and clever ways …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 ingenuity — in·ge·nu·i·ty || ‚ɪndʒɪ nuːətɪ / nju n. skillfulness, cleverness, inventiveness, ingeniousness, resourcefulness …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 ingenuity — [ˌɪndʒɪ nju:ɪti] noun the quality of being ingenious. Origin C16: from L. ingenuitas ingenuousness , from ingenuus inborn ; the current meaning arose by confusion of ingenuous with ingenious …

    English new terms dictionary


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