[ 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
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These usually have little blue beads for eyes, and are of the quaintest and naivest appearance conceivable.History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery|L.W. King and H.R. Hall
Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naivest way who he might be and what he had done.A Study In Scarlet|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for naivest
/ (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
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Medical definitions for naivest
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.
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