Origin of naive
Synonyms for naive
Antonyms for naive
Examples from the Web for naiveness
Historical Examples of naiveness
Were I to advance the plea of youth in excuse of the naiveness to be found in these pages, he would be likely to say "Bosh!"Some Reminiscences
The least unhappy are those who approximate the naiveness of the beasts and who never attempt what is beyond men.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
- having or expressing innocence and credulity; ingenuous
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)only the naive believed him
Word Origin 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.