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ingenuous

adjective uk   /ɪnˈdʒen.ju.əs/ formal us  
honest, sincere, and trusting, sometimes in a way that seems silly: It has to be said it was rather ingenuous of him to ask a complete stranger to take care of his luggage.
ingenuously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Translations of “ingenuous”
in Chinese (Traditional) 天真的, 胸無城府的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 天真的, 胸无城府的…
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