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or na·ïve·ly

[ nah-eev-lee ]


  1. in a way that shows a lack of experience, judgment, or information:

    I'll just stretch the contents of my talks into a book, I thought naively, but after three years of hard work I’m still far from completing a manuscript.

  2. in a way that shows simplicity of character and the absence of artificiality or sophistication:

    The ancient historian Herodotus marks a transitional stage in cultural anthropology, between naively artless chronicle writing and scientific research.

  3. in a way not influenced by previous participation in a scientific experiment or awareness of its real purpose:

    Participants behave naively and more naturally if they don’t know the true nature or objective of the study.

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The report also adds that John Paul was naive to believe McCarrick’s handwritten denail.

This indicates that a naive endorsement of stoic ideology might be detrimental to individuals’ wellbeing independent of the specific aspect.

I’m not so naive to think that nobody might ever hurt anybody again.

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Subjected to the right kinds of patterns, naive matter can exhibit computing and learning behaviors.

Long nightmare Jefferson’s hope to quickly reverse his demise was naive.

Whether it did so naively or cynically, I honestly do not know.

Anyone who denies it is being naively or intentionally delusional.

Then you would have to remember that he has been wandering into controversies, sometimes naively, since his earliest days.

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.

"More bravely than others is saying too much," naively interposed the baker.

For himself, Savary naively declared that much of his own participation in the subsequent events was mere accident.

"Because I've been out," she said naively and laughed again.

They knew how to live, and they enjoyed every process and aspect of their lives, just as children do, naively and simply.

Brandilancia, fancying that the little fan had fallen from the hand of Marie de' Medici by accident, naively offered to return it.


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