- having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous.
- having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information; credulous: She's so naive she believes everything she reads. He has a very naive attitude toward politics.
- having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique: valuable naive 19th-century American portrait paintings.
- not having previously been the subject of a scientific experiment, as an animal.
Origin of naive
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Examples from the Web for naively
Whether it did so naively or cynically, I honestly do not know.Dark Money and Our Looming Oligarchy
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He also naively insisted this whole controversy has gotten a little out of hand.Daft Punk Mystery Solved!*
June 6, 2013
I was naively shocked at first and deleted any such message.Sugar Daddy Dating Sites: Helen Croydon on Her Guilty Fantasy
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The Russians naively think the Chinese view them as valuable partners in opposing American hegemony.How Russians Forget Their Own Past
April 3, 2013
In response to an audience question, I naively gushed that in screenwriting “even the problems are kind of fun.”Remembering Nora Ephron as Our Dorothy Parker, but More
June 27, 2012
"Because I've been out," she said naively and laughed again.The Daffodil Mystery
He was naively earnest as he told us of his coming conquest.The White Invaders
Raymond King Cummings
"But I might not be always quite right, you know," she said naively.Trent's Trust and Other Stories
Afterward Nan confessed, naively, that she ought to have known he was her Uncle Henry.Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp
Annie Roe Carr
He showed off his charms before her as naively as a cock-grouse.The Huntress
- having or expressing innocence and credulity; ingenuous
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)only the naive believed him
- artless or unsophisticated
- lacking developed powers of analysis, reasoning, or criticisma naive argument
- another word for primitive (def. 5)
- rare a person who is naive, esp in artistic styleSee primitive (def. 10)
Word Origin and History for naively
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.
- Lacking worldliness and sophistication.
- Simple and credulous as a child.
- Not previously subjected to experiments.
- Not having previously taken or received a particular drug.
- One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.