What is the meaning of naive?


  • Marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience.
    • usage: "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"
  • Of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style.
    • usage: "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"
  • Inexperienced.
  • Lacking information or instruction.
    • usage: "lamentably unenlightened as to the laws"
  • Not initiated; deficient in relevant experience.
    • usage: "it seemed a bizarre ceremony to uninitiated western eyes"; "he took part in the experiment as a naive subject"
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APAWordNet. (2010). naive. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/naive/definitions/1178911
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