Origin of naive
Examples from the Web for naively
Whether it did so naively or cynically, I honestly do not know.
He also naively insisted this whole controversy has gotten a little out of hand.
I was naively shocked at first and deleted any such message.Sugar Daddy Dating Sites: Helen Croydon on Her Guilty Fantasy|Helen Croydon|May 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Russians naively think the Chinese view them as valuable partners in opposing American hegemony.
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|Stephen Schiff|June 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He shamefacedly and naively confessed it: 'I say such an awful lot of things.The Return|Walter de la Mare
"I think, that cannot be," said the Countess Petronella, naively.The Hill of Venus|Nathan Gallizier
We naively assume, he says, a relation between reality and our minds which may be just the opposite of the true one.Pragmatism|William James
He is grossly ignorant of life and naively curious about love.Mental Efficiency|Arnold Bennett
He naively says: "We have never chanced to see this; nay, we doubt if there is such a movement."Makers of Electricity|Brother Potamian
British Dictionary definitions for naively
- 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 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.