Shrewd vs Ingenuity - What's the difference?

shrewd | ingenuity |


As an adjective shrewd

is showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters.

As a noun ingenuity is

the ability to solve difficult problems, often in original, clever, and inventive ways.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

shrewd

English

Adjective

(er)
  • showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
  • artful, tricky or cunning
  • streetwise
  • *
  • knowledgeable
  • * {{quote-news
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  • (archaic) Scolding, satirical, sharp.
  • * 1599 ,
  • LEONATO. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.

    Derived terms

    * shrewdly * shrewdness

    ingenuity

    English

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • The ability to solve difficult problems, often in original, clever, and inventive ways.
  • The pyramids demonstrate the ingenuity of the ancient Egyptians.
    Poverty is the mother of ingenuity .
    Ingenuity is one of the characteristics of a beaver.
  • Ingenuousness; honesty, straightforwardness.
  • *, II.17:
  • And therefore I apply my selfe to ingenuitie , and ever to speake truth and what I think.

    See also

    * industriousness