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Definition of "naïve" []

  • 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)
  • Having or expressing innocence and credulity; ingenuous (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as collective noun; preceded by the) (adjective)
  • Artless or unsophisticated (adjective)
  • Lacking developed powers of analysis, reasoning, or criticism (adjective)
  • A person who is naive, esp in artistic style (noun)

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Use "naïve" in a sentence
  • "Once it's here, it's spreading like a virus that's going into what we call a naive population."
  • "At a news conference today with the visiting president of Afghanistan, Mr. Bush attacked what he called a naive conclusion drawn from a major government report on the war on terror."
  • "At a news conference today with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Mr. Bush took aim at what he called a naive conclusion and a political leak."