[ nah-eev ]
/ nɑˈiv /
having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous.
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.
having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique: valuable naive 19th-century American portrait paintings.
not having previously been the subject of a scientific experiment, as an animal.
Words nearby naive
Origin of naive
1645–55; < French, feminine of naïf, Old French naif natural, instinctive < Latin nātīvus native
OTHER WORDS FROM naivena·ive·ly, adverbna·ive·ness, nounun·na·ive, adjectiveun·na·ive·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Examples from the Web for naiveness
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
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
British Dictionary definitions for naiveness
/ (naɪˈiːv) /
- having or expressing innocence and credulity; ingenuous
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)only the naive believed him
artless or unsophisticated
lacking developed powers of analysis, reasoning, or criticisma naive argument
another word for primitive (def. 5)
rare a person who is naive, esp in artistic styleSee primitive (def. 10)
Derived forms of naivenaively, 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for naiveness
Lacking worldliness and sophistication.
Simple and credulous as a child.
Not previously subjected to experiments.
Not having previously taken or received a particular drug.
One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.