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ingenious (5 cf. the misuse of INGENUOUS)
1. able, talented R3 III. i. 155.
2. intelligent, quick of apprehension Ham. V. i. 270 “thy most sense” ; ‘delicately sensitive’ (Wright) Lr. IV. vi. 288 “ feeling Of my huge sorrows.”
3. clever at contriving, skilful LLL. I. ii. 30 “that an eel is ” (Q1 F4 “ingenious,” Ff1 2 3 Q2 “ingenuous”), Cym. V. v. 216 “torturers ingenious.”
4. skilfully contrived LLL. III. i. 61 (Q2 “ingenuous”), Cym. IV. ii. 186 “My ingenious † instrument” (old edd. “ingenuous”).
5. used for INGENUOUS=befitting a well-born person, ‘liberal’ Shr. I. i. 9 “ingenious studies.”
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