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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ingenious  \In*gen"ious\,  a.  [L.  ingeniosus,  fr  ingenium  innate 
  or  natural  quality,  natural  capacity,  genius:  cf  F. 
  ing['e]nieux.  See  {Engine}.] 
  1.  Possessed  of  genius,  or  the  faculty  of  invention;  skillful 
  or  promp  to  invent;  having  an  aptitude  to  contrive,  or  to 
  form  new  combinations;  as  an  ingenious  author,  mechanic. 
 
  A  man  .  .  .  very  wise  and  ingenious  in  feats  of  war. 
  --Hakluyt. 
 
  Thou,  king,  send  out  For  torturers  ingenious. 
  --Shak. 
 
  The  more  ingenious  men  are  the  more  apt  are  they  to 
  trouble  themselves.  --Sir  W. 
  Temple. 
 
  2.  Proseeding  from  pertaining  to  or  characterized  by 
  genius  or  ingenuity;  of  curious  design,  structure,  or 
  mechanism;  as  an  ingenious  model,  or  machine;  an 
  ingenious  scheme,  contrivance,  etc 
 
  Thus  men  go  wrong  with  an  ingenious  skill.  --Cowper. 
 
  3.  Witty;  shrewd;  adroit;  keen;  sagacious;  as  an  ingenious 
  reply. 
 
  4.  Mental;  intellectual.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  course  of  learning  and  ingenious  studies.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ingenious 
  adj  1:  (used  of  persons  or  artifacts)  marked  by  independence  and 
  creativity  in  thought  or  action  "an  imaginative  use 
  of  material";  "the  invention  of  the  knitting  frame  by 
  another  ingenious  English  clergyman"-  Lewis  Mumford; 
  "an  ingenious  device";  "had  an  inventive  turn  of 
  mind";  "inventive  ceramics"  [syn:  {imaginative},  {inventive}] 
  2:  skillful  (or  showing  skill)  in  adapting  means  to  ends  "cool 
  prudence  and  sensitive  selfishness  along  with  quick 
  perception  of  what  is  possible--these  distinguish  an 
  adroit  politician";  "came  up  with  a  clever  story";  "an 
  ingenious  press  agent";  "an  ingenious  scheme"  [syn:  {adroit}, 
  {clever}] 
  3:  showing  inventiveness  and  skill;  "a  clever  gadget";  "the 
  cunning  maneuvers  leading  to  his  success"";  "an  ingenious 
  solution  to  the  problem"  [syn:  {clever},  {cunning}] 




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