adjective Etymology: Middle English ingenyous, from Middle French ingenieus, from Latin ingeniosus, from ingenium natural capacity — more at engine Date: 15th century 1. obsolete showing or calling for intelligence, aptitude, or discernment 2. marked by especial aptitude at discovering, inventing, or contriving 3. marked by originality, resourcefulness, and cleverness in conception or execution <
an ingenious contraption
Synonyms: see cleveringeniously adverbingeniousness noun

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