Origin of naive
Examples from the Web for naive
I was naive enough to assume that he would, at most, rob me.
Artists now consider the Ideal Palace a piece of “naive” or “outsider” art.
She tackles weighty subjects with a naive sensibility and faux-innocence, but skillfully avoids dumbing them down.
I was definitely naive, I think the main similarity between me and Hal is that we were naive.
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|Marlow Stern|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This unwilling and naive admission was published in a pretentious statement, the purpose of which was to cast doubt on my claim.My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
The gentle, appealing glance of the elder, no less than the naive candour of the younger, appealed to his sympathies.Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine|Lewis Spence
He had been sweet, polished, full of witty gayety and naive joy.The Red Lily, Complete|Anatole France
Was it not in harmony with the naive simplicity of the parsonage?The Village Rector|Honore de Balzac
He writes—unconsciously, and for the first time that it has ever been written—the naive, colossal drama of modern Mormonism.Under the Prophet in Utah|Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O'Higgins
British Dictionary definitions for naive
- having or expressing innocence and credulity; ingenuous
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)only the naive believed him
Word Origin for naive
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.