ingenuous [in-jen-yoo-uhs] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||adjective|
|Synonyms:||artless, candid, childlike, frank, green*, guileless, innocent, like a babe in the woods, naive, natural, open, outspoken, plain, simple, sincere, square, straightforward, trusting, unaffected, unartful, unartificial, undisguised, unreserved, unschooled, unsophisticated, unstudied, up front|
|Notes:||ingenious is 'clever, brilliant'; ingenuous is 'frank, candid' or 'naïve'
ingenuous means 'naïve, easily deceived, unsuspecting; foolish' - and disingenuous means 'calculating, deceptive'
|Antonyms:||deceitful, dishonest, sly|