Definition of ingenuity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪndʒəˈnjuːəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndʒəˈnuːəti//
[uncountable] Clever
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the ability to invent things or solve problems in clever new ways synonym inventiveness The problem tested the ingenuity of even the most imaginative students. See related entries: Clever Word Originlate 16th cent. (also in the senses ‘nobility’ and ‘ingenuousness’): from Latin ingenuitas ‘ingenuousness’, from ingenuus ‘inborn’. The current meaning arose by confusion of ingenuous with ingenious.Extra examples Getting out of this mess was going to require a fair degree of ingenuity. It didn’t take much ingenuity to transform the door into a table. The children showed a lot of ingenuity. There is always a solution, so long as you are prepared to use your ingenuity. They adapted the available materials with great ingenuity. We have to admire his ingenuity in redesigning the machinery. someone who has the ingenuity to solve problems
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