(adverb) in an ingenious manner; “a Hampshire farmer had fowls of different breeds, including Dorkings, and he discriminated ingeniously between the ‘dark ones’ and the ‘white ones’”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



ingeniously (comparative more ingeniously, superlative most ingeniously)

In an ingenious manner; using ingenuity.

Source: Wiktionary

In*gen"ious*ly, adv.

Definition: In an ingenious manner; with ingenuity; skillfully; wittily; cleverly. "Too ingeniously politic." Sir W. Temple.


In*gen"ious, a. Etym: [L. ingeniosus, fr. ingenium innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius: cf. F. ingénieux. See Engine.]

1. Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic. A man . . . very wise and ingenious in feats of war. Hakluyt. Thou, king, send out For torturers ingenious. Shak. The more ingenious men are, the more apt are they to trouble themselves. Sir W. Temple.

2. Proseeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc. Thus men go wrong with an ingenious skill. Cowper.

3. Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply.

4. Mental; intellectual. [Obs.] A course of learning and ingenious studies. Shak.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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