Ingenious vs. Ingenuous

Ingenious = very intelligent or skillful, inventive, very smart and clever.

  • An ingenious person/idea/machine/solution etc.
  • The new computer boasts a number of ingenious features.
  • He devised an ingenious solution to the problem.
  • (noun) ingenuity.

Ingenuous = ( often derog)( of a person or their behaviour) naïve, artless, frank, over-trusting, inexperienced.

  • Only the most ingenuous person would believe such a feeble excuse.
  • It was rather ingenuous of her to ask a complete stranger to take care of her luggage.
  • He seemed too ingenuous for a reporter.
  • (noun) ingenuousness.

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