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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Definitions for naif

  1. Naive.
  2. A naive or inexperienced person.

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Citations for naif
It is only very naif critics who think that all one's influences must be contemporary. John Fowles, Wormholes
Their money-grubbing game: they feign a tragic past and prey on the sympathies of unsuspecting naifs, fishing for bank account numbers or photocopies of passports. Nathalie Atkinson, Toronto Life
Origin of naif
Naif comes from French, from Old French naif, "naive, natural, just born," from Latin nativus, "native, rustic," literally "born, inborn, natural," from Latin nativus, "inborn, produced by birth," from natus, past participle of nasci, "to be born."