Naive meaning

nī-ēf, nä-
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.

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One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.
noun
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Lacking worldly experience and understanding, especially:
  • Simple and guileless; artless.
    A child with a naive charm.
  • Unsuspecting or credulous.
    Naive victims of the scam.
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Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment.
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Unaffectedly or foolishly simple; childlike; artless.
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Not suspicious; credulous.
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Not having experienced or been subjected to something, as:
  • Not previously subjected to experiments.
    Testing naive mice.
  • Not having previously taken or received a particular drug.
    Patients naive to antipsychotic medication.
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Surely you're not naive enough to believe adverts!

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(of art) Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.

I've always liked the naive way in which he ignores all the background detail.

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Not having experienced or been subjected to something, as:
  • Not previously subjected to experiments.
    Testing naive mice.
  • Not having previously taken or received a particular drug.
    Patients naive to antipsychotic medication.
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Origin of naive

  • 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 genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French naïve, from Latin nativus (“native, natural").

    From Wiktionary