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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ingenuity  \In`ge*nu"i*ty\,  n.  [L.  ingenuitas  ingenuousness:  cf 
  F.  ing['e]nuit['e].  See  {Ingenuous}.] 
  1.  The  quality  or  power  of  ready  invention;  quickness  or 
  acuteness  in  forming  new  combinations;  ingeniousness; 
  skill  in  devising  or  combining. 
 
  All  the  means  which  human  ingenuity  has  contrived. 
  --Blair. 
 
  2.  Curiousness,  or  cleverness  in  design  or  contrivance;  as 
  the  ingenuity  of  a  plan  or  of  mechanism. 
 
  He  gives  .  .  .  To  artist  ingenuity  and  skill. 
  --Cowper. 
 
  3.  Openness  of  heart;  ingenuousness.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  stings  and  remorses  of  natural  ingenuity,  a 
  principle  that  men  scarcely  ever  shake  off  as  long 
  as  they  carry  anything  of  human  nature  about  them 
  --South. 
 
  Syn:  Inventiveness;  ingeniousness;  skill;  cunning; 
  cleverness;  genius. 
 
  Usage:  {Ingenuity},  {Cleverness}.  Ingenuity  is  a  form  of 
  genius,  and  cleverness  of  talent.  The  former  implies 
  invention,  the  letter  a  peculiar  dexterity  and 
  readiness  of  execution.  Sir  James  Mackintosh  remarks 
  that  the  English  overdo  in  the  use  of  the  word  clever 
  and  cleverness,  applying  them  loosely  to  almost  every 
  form  of  intellectual  ability. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ingenuity 
  n  1:  the  power  of  creative  imagination  [syn:  {inventiveness},  {ingeniousness}, 
  {cleverness}] 
  2:  the  property  of  being  ingenious;  "a  plot  of  great 
  ingenuity";  "the  cleverness  of  its  design"  [syn:  {ingeniousness}, 
  {cleverness}] 




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