Definitions of ingenuousness

  1. the quality of innocent naivete Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. openly straightforward or frank Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Ingenuity. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The quality of being ingenuous. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. Openness of heart; freedom from reserve or dissimulation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for ingenuousness

  1. Mrs. Doria's animosity to Mrs. Grandison made her treat this as a piece of satirical ingenuousness – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. He had become, it seemed, a man of low and degrading tastes- 'Erb Redmayne, he was called, or old 'Erb, whose role was to lead the other authorities of the college into all kinds of disreputable haunts, to prompt them to absurd misdeeds, to take advantage of their ingenuousness to make scapegoats of them, and to adroitly evade justice himself. – Watersprings by Arthur Christopher Benson