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naive

or na·ïve

[nah-eev]
adjective
  1. having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous.
  2. 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.
  3. having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique: valuable naive 19th-century American portrait paintings.
  4. not having previously been the subject of a scientific experiment, as an animal.
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Origin of naive

1645–55; < French, feminine of naïf, Old French naif natural, instinctive < Latin nātīvus native
Related formsna·ive·ly, adverbna·ive·ness, nounun·na·ive, adjectiveun·na·ive·ly, adverb

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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

    Joseph Conrad

  • The least unhappy are those who approximate the naiveness of the beasts and who never attempt what is beyond men.


British Dictionary definitions for naiveness

naive

nave naf

adjective
    1. having or expressing innocence and credulity; ingenuous
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)only the naive believed him
  1. artless or unsophisticated
  2. lacking developed powers of analysis, reasoning, or criticisma naive argument
  3. another word for primitive (def. 5)
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noun
  1. rare a person who is naive, esp in artistic styleSee primitive (def. 10)
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Derived Formsnaively, navely or nafly, adverbnaiveness, naveness or nafness, noun

Word Origin for naive

C17: from French, feminine of naïf, from Old French naif native, spontaneous, from Latin nātīvus native, from nasci to be born
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Word Origin and History for naiveness

naive

adj.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

naiveness in Medicine

naive

adj.
  1. Lacking worldliness and sophistication.
  2. Simple and credulous as a child.
  3. Not previously subjected to experiments.
  4. Not having previously taken or received a particular drug.
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n.
  1. One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.
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