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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: ingenuus 'born, free born, honest', from gignere 'to produce children'

ingenuous

adjective
     
in‧gen‧u‧ous
an ingenuous person is simple, trusting, and honest, especially because they have not had much experience of life [↪ disingenuous]
ingenuously adverb
ingenuousness noun [uncountable]

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