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naive adj
1 marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances" [syn: naif] [ant: sophisticated]
2 lacking experience of life; "a callow youth of seventeen" [syn: callow, inexperienced, unsophisticated]
3 lacking sophistication [syn: unsophisticated]

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From etyl fr naïve, from etyl la nativus.


  • /naɪiv/


  1. Lacking experience, wisdom, or judgement.
    Surely you're not naive enough to believe adverts!
  2. In the context of "of art": Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.
    I've always liked the naive way in which he ignores all the background detail.


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Extensive Definition

Naïve may refer to:
  • Naïveté, a French loanword indicating the state of lacking experience, understanding or sophistication
  • Naïve art, art created by untrained artists, or artists aspiring to naïve realisations
  • Naïve algorithm, a very simple solution to a problem that has a very high time- or memory- complexity
  • Naïve realism, a theory of perception thought to be representative of most people's understanding and method of interpretation of their perceptions
  • Naive set theory, a non-axiomatic approach to set theory, in mathematics
  • Naïve (medical term), a patient who has not previously used a particular drug (e.g., an opioid) during a particular course of treatment, and therefore has no tolerance; or someone who has not been exposed previously to an antigen
  • Naïve (company), also known as 0pus111, a recording label featuring artists such as Jorge Chaminé
  • Naïve (album), industrial rock group KMFDM's fifth album, released in 1990
  • Naïve (The Kooks song), a 2006 song by British post-punk rock band The Kooks, featured on their debut album
  • Naïve (band), a Russian punk rock band.
naive in French: Naïf

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