- Lacking worldly experience and understanding, especially: (adjective)
- Simple and guileless; artless: a child with a naive charm. (adjective)
- Unsuspecting or credulous: "Students, often bright but naive, bet—and lose—substantial sums of money on sporting events” ( Tim Layden). (adjective)
- Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment: "this extravagance of metaphors, with its naive bombast” ( H.L. Mencken). (adjective)
- Not previously subjected to experiments: testing naive mice. (adjective)
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