Ingenuous

Definition of Ingenuous

In`gen´u`ous
a.1.Of honorable extraction; freeborn; noble; as, ingenuous blood of birth.
2.Noble; generous; magnanimous; honorable; upright; high-minded; as, an ingenuous ardor or zeal.
If an ingenuous detestation of falsehood be but carefully and early instilled, that is the true and genuine method to obviate dishonesty.
- Locke.
3.Free from reserve, disguise, equivocation, or dissimulation; open; frank; as, an ingenuous man; an ingenuous declaration, confession, etc.
Sensible in myself . . . what a burden it is for me, who would be ingenuous, to be loaded with courtesies which he hath not the least hope to requite or deserve.
- Fuller.
4.Ingenious.

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