ingenuity noun

ADJ. considerable, great | intellectual, technical | human

QUANT. amount, degree Getting out of this mess was going to require a fair degree of ingenuity.

VERB + INGENUITY have someone who has the ingenuity to solve problems | apply, use There is always a solution, so long as you are prepared to use your ingenuity. | display, show The children showed a lot of ingenuity. | admire | call for, need, require, take Considerable ingenuity is needed to minimize costs. It didn't take much ingenuity to transform the door into a table.

PREP. with ~ They adapted the available materials with great ingenuity. | ~ in We have to admire his ingenuity in redesigning the machinery.