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Princeton's WordNet

  1. naive, naifadjective

    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, naiveadjective

    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. naiveadjective


  4. uninstructed, unenlightened, naiveadjective

    lacking information or instruction

    "lamentably unenlightened as to the laws"

  5. uninitiate, uninitiated, naiveadjective

    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. naiveadjective

    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.


  1. naiveadjective

    Lacking experience, wisdom, or judgement.

    Surely you're not naive enough to believe adverts!

  2. naiveadjective

    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.

  3. Etymology: From naïve, from nativus.


  1. naive

    Naive means lacking experience, wisdom, or sophistication, often displaying a childlike innocence and trustfulness. It refers to a person who is easily influenced, gullible, or unsuspecting, typically due to a lack of knowledge or understanding about certain situations or topics. Naive individuals may be overly optimistic or have unrealistic expectations, as they approach situations with limited awareness and may not consider potential risks or consequences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Naiveadjective

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

  2. 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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  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. Carol Gabbard:

    I'm not naïve, it could hurt me politically, but I don’t worry about it because that's not what I care about. ... Our national security and the future of our country is infinitely more important than partisan politics or my personal political future.

  2. John Boehner:

    It would be naïve to suggest the Iranian regime will not continue to use its nuclear program, and any economic relief, to further destabilize the region, in the weeks ahead, Republicans and Democrats in Congress will continue to press The Obama administration on the details of these parameters and the tough questions that remain unanswered. We will stand strong on behalf of the American people and everyone in the Middle East who values freedom, security, and peace.

  3. Madeline Bernstein:

    You wouldn't immediately jump over the counter and scream, 'Liar,' to think that we would just not look into it is a bit naive.

  4. Heather Wilson:

    We aren't naïve, but we have an obligation to be honest with our countrymen and tell them, as those who came before us have done in their time, what should be done. ... What we must do.

  5. 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.

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    a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
    A sheath
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