- 1(Of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement: the rather naive young man had been totally misledMore example sentences
- His chronic lack of judgement and naive approach to the complexities of the society lead inevitably to tragedy.
- He has been particularly criticized for lack of military experience and naive views of warfare.
- They were naive with respect to the purpose of the experiment and none of them had participated in the previous experiment.
- 1.1(Of a person) natural and unaffected; innocent: Andy had a sweet, naive look when he smiledMore example sentences
innocent, unsophisticated, artless, ingenuous, inexperienced, guileless, unworldly, childlike, trusting, trustful, dewy-eyed, starry-eyed, wide-eyed, fond, simple, natural, unaffected, unpretentious; gullible, credulous, easily taken in, easily deceived, unsuspecting, over-trusting, over-trustful, born yesterday, unsuspicious, deceivable, dupable, immature, callow, raw, green, as green as grass, ignorant• informal wet behind the ears
- In the light of this, one might be inclined to say that she is naïve or innocent or foolhardy.
- In many ways, Joseph was naïve and innocent in his thinking.
- She was terribly naïve and innocent and I suspected that she did not know what it could mean when her best friend just decided to leave a group outing.
- 1.2Of or denoting art produced in a style which deliberately rejects sophisticated artistic techniques and has a bold directness resembling a child’s work, typically in bright colours with little or no perspective.More example sentences
- His style seems to represent a point halfway between naive art and Expressionism.
- Like the sculpture, the images represent a very naive viewpoint in the art world.
- The collection is striking in its combination of works from both the realms of art brut and naive art.
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- The betrayal of all those promises from the foolish romance novels I read and naively maybe even pathetically believed.
- It was one of those things and, naively, I didn't back down.
- If I'd gone into it naively expecting everything to work out as well as it did, there's no way it would have actually happened.
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- Their futures in dealing with personal relationships - romantic and otherwise - will suffer from unfamiliarity and naiveness.
- I was a willing victim of the naiveness of youth.
- Once again, these B-grade luxury goods sellers thrive on the naiveness of tourists.
mid 17th century: from French naïve, feminine of naïf, from Latin nativus 'native, natural'.