- The definition of naive is being immature, unaware or overly trusting.
An example of naive is someone who believes that the moon is made of cheese because their mother said it was.
naive definition by Webster's New World
- unaffectedly, or sometimes foolishly, simple; childlike; artless
- not suspicious; credulous
Origin: French feminine of naïf ; from Classical Latin nativus, natural, native
naive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
or na·ïve also na·if or na·ïfadjective
- Lacking worldly experience and understanding, especially:a. Simple and guileless; artless: a child with a naive charm.b. Unsuspecting or credulous: “Students, often bright but naive, bet—and lose—substantial sums of money on sporting events” (Tim Layden).
- Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment: “this extravagance of metaphors, with its naive bombast” (H.L. Mencken).
- a. Not previously subjected to experiments: testing naive mice.b. Not having previously taken or received a particular drug: persons naive to marijuana.
Origin: French naïve, feminine of naïf, from Old French naif, natural, native, from Latin nātīvus, native, rustic, from nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- na·iveˈly adverb
- na·iveˈness noun
naive - Medical Definition
or na·ïve or na·if or na·ïfadjective
- Lacking worldliness and sophistication.
- Simple and credulous as a child.
- Not previously subjected to experiments.
- Not having previously taken or received a particular drug.