naive theories circulate about powerful men and their sense of entitlement, as if ordinary guys don't also have multiple partners.
This is in part because of the naive mental model that supply-siders tend to have about how taxation affects work effort.
Holtz-Eakin says there are many elements to economic policy and “simple correlations between taxes and economic growth are naive.”
Maybe I, like many Americans who arrived in Paris in their youth, am naive.
Artists now consider the Ideal Palace a piece of “naive” or “outsider” art.
The judge and his good housekeeper exchanged smiles at her naive remark.
She looked about her with the naive curiosity I remembered so well.
At twenty-one she impressed people with being as naive and fresh as a girl of seventeen.
Their attitude toward the injured one was as naive as that of children or animals.
A roar of laughter greeted this naive admission, and even his Highness was unable to repress a smile.
1650s, "natural, simple, artless," from French naïve, fem. of naïf, from Old French naif "naive, natural, genuine; just born; foolish, innocent; unspoiled, unworked" (13c.), from Latin nativus "not artificial," also "native, rustic," literally "born, innate, natural" (see native (adj.)). Related: Naively.
naive na·ive or na·ïve (nä-ēv') or na·if or na·ïf (nä-ēf')
Lacking worldliness and sophistication.
Simple and credulous as a child.
Not previously subjected to experiments.
Not having previously taken or received a particular drug.
Untutored in the perversities of some particular program or system; one who still tries to do things in an intuitive way, rather than the right way (in really good designs these coincide, but most designs aren't "really good" in the appropriate sense). This trait is completely unrelated to general maturity or competence or even competence at any other specific program. It is a sad commentary on the primitive state of computing that the natural opposite of this term is often claimed to be "experienced user" but is really more like "cynical user".