- 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 naive
I was naive enough to assume that he would, at most, rob me.How I Stopped My Rapist
November 24, 2014
Artists now consider the Ideal Palace a piece of “naive” or “outsider” art.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
She tackles weighty subjects with a naive sensibility and faux-innocence, but skillfully avoids dumbing them down.The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
November 14, 2014
I was definitely naive, I think the main similarity between me and Hal is that we were naive.Shakespeare Comes to Hulu with ‘Complete Works’
June 11, 2014
Maybe you can call it naive but that's the way Shae simply is.Game of Thrones’ Sibel Kekilli Discusses Shae’s Treachery at the Trial of Tyrion Lannister
May 13, 2014
She raised her blue eyes toward the ceiling in a naive rapture.Within the Law
A fellow of some innocence in his naive duplicity, but none the less dangerous.The Secret Agent
At this naive statement, the sheepman could not restrain a smile.Hidden Water
Not that I should advise you to imitate this naive way out of a difficulty.Wood-Carving
Some of the forms it assumes are simple and naive, like feudal rights.Sophisms of the Protectionists
- 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 naive
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.