Definition of ingenuity in English:

ingenuity

noun

  • [mass noun] The quality of being clever, original, and inventive:

    ‘considerable ingenuity must be employed in writing software’
    ‘the ingenuity of Haydn's scoring’
    • ‘The film's landscape of urban desolation must have taken some ingenuity to achieve.’
    • ‘Originality and ingenuity are the aims of a competition launched at a Trowbridge school on Friday.’
    • ‘However, these are remarkable examples of ingenuity as well as artistry.’
    • ‘His clocks were masterpieces of skill, precision, ingenuity, and determination.’
    • ‘I marvel at the almost boundless ingenuity and skill of mankind sometimes.’
    • ‘The elements of heaven and earth are elegantly manifested by the artists' ingenuity.’
    • ‘Despite the technology, you still need human talent and ingenuity to create a work of greatness.’
    • ‘Rather, the curators have used their resources with ingenuity to make us look at Dutch painting in a very different way.’
    • ‘Only with human ingenuity, inspiration and ability can we sample what our neighbouring world has to offer.’
    • ‘The story is told with considerable ingenuity and also a little humour from a team fully in touch with their puppet world.’
    • ‘He resolves to build a monument to nineteenth century ingenuity and invention that will blend fantasy and reality.’
    • ‘By the very nature of them it is clear you are a man of some intelligence and some ingenuity.’
    • ‘In every way - performance, build quality, ingenuity of design - it is the better car.’
    • ‘They must use all their ingenuity to complete their hazardous work and survive.’
    • ‘His intelligence and ingenuity have enabled him to become the number one predator.’
    • ‘Bookshops can deploy all their marketing ingenuity to produce imaginative displays.’
    • ‘Smaller boats are masterpieces of ingenuity, with folding tables and settees which convert into beds.’
    • ‘But then they are just career politicians afraid of imagination and ingenuity.’
    • ‘Her soulful lyrics expose her vulnerability as an artist and her ingenuity as a poet.’
    • ‘This is because there was little structural inventiveness or technical ingenuity.’
    inventiveness, creativity, imagination, originality, innovation, resourcefulness, enterprise, insight, inspiration, perceptiveness, perception, intuition, flair, finesse, artistry, genius
    cleverness, intelligence, brilliance, mastery, talent, skill
    sharpness, astuteness, acumen, acuity, sharp-wittedness, quick-wittedness, quickness, shrewdness
    sophistication
    thinking outside the box
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Origin

Late 16th century (also in the senses ‘nobility’ and ‘ingenuousness’): from Latin ingenuitas ingenuousness, from ingenuus inborn. The current meaning arose by confusion of ingenuous with ingenious.

Pronunciation

ingenuity

/ˌɪndʒɪˈnjuːɪti/