An example of naive is someone who believes that the moon is made of cheese because their mother said it was.
- unaffectedly or foolishly simple; childlike; artless
- not suspicious; credulous
Origin of naiveFr, feminine of naïf from Classical Latin nativus, natural, native
or na·ïve also na·if or na·ïf
- Lacking worldly experience and understanding, especially:a. Simple and guileless; artless: a child with a naive charm.b. Unsuspecting or credulous: naive victims of the scam.
- Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment: “this extravagance of metaphors, with its naive bombast” ( H.L. Mencken )
- Not having experienced or been subjected to something, as:a. Not previously subjected to experiments: testing naive mice.b. Not having previously taken or received a particular drug: patients naive to antipsychotic medication.
Origin of naiveFrench 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.
(comparative more naive, superlative most naive)