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ingenious (adj) (of a plan, idea, etc.) very clever; (of a person) brilliant.

An ingenious idea is a very clever idea. For example, the computer is an ingenious device; that is, the computer is the creation of a person with very clever ideas, and is very suitable for most of the purposes of modern life. An ingenious plan is the result of very clever thinking. An ingenious way of making money is a clever way of making money. An ingenious person has very clever ideas. They are very inventive. Most scientists are very ingenious people, because they can get clever ideas.

  • The telescope is an ingenious device for viewing with great clarity very distant objects like the moon and the stars. Only the ingenious brain of Galileo could invent such things.
  • Thomas Alva Edison proved himself an ingenious man when he invented the gramophone record for reproducing human voices and other sounds.
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