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Princeton's WordNet

  1. naive, naif(adj)

    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience

    "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"

  2. primitive, naive(adj)

    of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style

    "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"

  3. naive(adj)


  4. uninstructed, unenlightened, naive(adj)

    lacking information or instruction

    "lamentably unenlightened as to the laws"

  5. uninitiate, uninitiated, naive(adj)

    not initiated; deficient in relevant experience

    "it seemed a bizarre ceremony to uninitiated western eyes"; "he took part in the experiment as a naive subject"


  1. naive(a.)

    Having a lack of knowledge, judgment, or experience; especially, lacking sophistication in judging the motives of others; credulous; as, a naive belief in the honesty of politicians.

    Etymology: [F. naf, fem. nave, fr. L. nativus innate, natural, native. See Native, and cf. Naf.]


  1. naive(Adjective)

    Lacking experience, wisdom, or judgement.

    Surely you're not naive enough to believe adverts!

    Etymology: From naïve, from nativus.

  2. naive(Adjective)

    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.

    Etymology: From naïve, from nativus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Naive(adj)

    having native or unaffected simplicity; ingenuous; artless; frank; as, naive manners; a naive person; naive and unsophisticated remarks

    Etymology: [F. naf, fem. nave, fr. L. nativus innate, natural, native. See Native, and cf. Naf.]


  1. Naïve

    "Naïve" is a song by British indie rock band The Kooks and is featured on their debut album, Inside In/Inside Out. It was released 27 March 2006 as the fourth single from that album, charting at number five on the UK Singles Chart. The best-selling single of their careers, "Naïve" was also the UK's nineteenth best selling single of 2006. It has also done relatively well in New Zealand, reaching number 15 on the combined sales/airplay RIANZ chart. The song additionally charted in the United States, peaking at number 22 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart. Lily Allen did a cover of "Naïve" for a live session on the Jo Whiley show. Allen's version was featured on the soundtrack for the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. The Kooks' original version was featured on the soundtrack for the film 17 Again and on the fourth season, episode "Resolve" of the TV show One Tree Hill as well as on its third soundtrack "The Road Mix". The song has also been covered by former Sugababes member Mutya Buena as a B-side for her debut single "Real Girl". It placed at #87 in triple j's Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years being one of a few songs to debut in the countdown without having made a yearly list beforehand.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Naïve

    See Naïf.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. naive

    1. Untutored in the perversities of some particular program or system; one who still tries to do things in an intuitive way, rather than the right way (in really good designs these coincide, but most designs aren't ‘really good’ in the appropriate sense). This trait is completely unrelated to general maturity or competence, or even competence at any other specific program. It is a sad commentary on the primitive state of computing that the natural opposite of this term is often claimed to be experienced user but is really more like cynical user. 2. Said of an algorithm that doesn't take advantage of some superior but advanced technique, e.g., the bubble sort. It may imply naivete on the part of the programmer, although there are situations where a naive algorithm is preferred, because it is more important to keep the code comprehensible than to go for maximum performance. “I know the linear search is naive, but in this case the list typically only has half a dozen items.” Compare brute force.

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Anagrams for naive »

  1. naevi, navie

  2. naevi, navie, Evian (brand name)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of naive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of naive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of naive in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Modly:

    If he didn't think, in my opinion, that this information wasn't going to get out to the public, in this day and information age that we live in, then he was either a) too naïve or too stupid to be a commanding officer of a ship like this, the alternative is that he did this on purpose.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    I think President Obama is being naive to trust the Ayatollahs and this deal will ultimately create an even more unstable Middle East.

  3. Pete Buttigieg:

    If talking about hope and belonging sounds optimistic for a time like this, fine, then call it optimistic, but do not call it naïve, because I believe in these things not based on my age, but based on my experience.

  4. Michael Cimarusti:

    I was back east in Wellfleet [ Cape Cod ] a couple weeks ago, eating at one of those simple places that serves essentially a very naive style of cooking -- and, yes, the food was very basic -- but it was also some of the best fish'n chips I've ever had, from a fry mix.

  5. Connor Schell:

    I've felt really good about ESPN's programming overall during this crisis, but we're not naive enough to say that' The Last Dance' sitting in the middle of this hasn't been really important to our connection to our audience and the way people have engaged with our brand.

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