Definition of ingenuity in US English:

ingenuity

noun

  • The quality of being clever, original, and inventive.

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

/ˌɪndʒəˈn(j)uədi//ˌinjəˈn(y)o͞oədē/