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English adjective: naive

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

SamplesA 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.


Similarchildlike, credulous, dewy-eyed, fleeceable, green, gullible, ingenuous, innocent, round-eyed, simple, simple-minded, unsophisticated, unworldly, wide-eyed

See alsocredulous, uninformed, unworldly


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

SamplesPrimitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking.



Domain categorybeaux arts, fine arts


3. naive inexperienced

Similarinnate, unconditioned, unlearned

Antonymsconditioned, learned

4. naive lacking information or instruction

SamplesLamentably unenlightened as to the laws.

Synonymsunenlightened, uninstructed



5. naive not initiated; deficient in relevant experience

SamplesIt seemed a bizarre ceremony to uninitiated western eyes.
He took part in the experiment as a naive subject.

Synonymsuninitiate, uninitiated

Similarinexperienced, inexperient

Antonymsexperienced, experient

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