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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.


Synonymsnaif


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


See alsocredulous, uninformed, unworldly


Antonymssophisticated

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.


Synonymsprimitive


Similaruntrained


Domain categorybeaux arts, fine arts


Antonymstrained

3. naive inexperienced


Similarinnate, unconditioned, unlearned


Antonymsconditioned, learned

4. naive lacking information or instruction


SamplesLamentably unenlightened as to the laws.


Synonymsunenlightened, uninstructed


Similaruninformed


Antonymsinformed

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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