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ingenuous adj
1 characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious; "an ingenuous admission of responsibility" [syn: artless] [ant: disingenuous]
2 lacking in sophistication or worldliness; "a child's innocent stare"; "his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it" [syn: innocent]

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  1. naïve and trusting; demonstrating childlike simplicity; unable to mask feelings; unsophisticated; straightforward; candid, open and frank


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