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naive

na-ive′

,

na-ïve′

(nä-ēv′)
,
Adj.
[F.
naïf
, fem.
naïve
, fr. L.
nativus
innate, natural, native. See
Native
, and cf.
Naïf
.]
1.
Having native or unaffected simplicity; ingenuous; artless; frank;
as,
naïve
manners; a
naïve
person;
naïve
and unsophisticated remarks.

Definition 2019


naive

naive

See also: naïve

English

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Adjective

naive (comparative more naive, superlative most naive)

  1. Lacking worldly experience, wisdom, or judgement; unsophisticated; against better judgement.
    Surely you're not naive enough to believe adverts!
  2. (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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Danish

Adjective

naive

  1. plural and definite of naiv

Esperanto

Adverb

naive

  1. naively

German

Adjective

naive

  1. inflected form of naiv

Swedish

Adjective

naive

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of naiv.