SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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. Origin of naive 1645–55;
naïf, Old French naif
natural, instinctive <
Latin nātīvus native Related forms na·ive·ly, adverb na·ive·ness, noun un·na·ive, adjective un·na·ive·ly, adverb
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Related Words for naivest innocent
impulsive Examples from the Web for naivest Historical Examples of naivest British Dictionary definitions for naivest adjective 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 criticism a naive argument Derived Forms naively, navely or nafly, adverb naiveness, 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 naivest 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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adj. Lacking worldliness and sophistication. Simple and credulous as a child. Not previously subjected to experiments. Not having previously taken or received a particular drug. n. One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.
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