American English

Definition of naive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also naïve) adjective
    jump to other results
  1. 1(disapproving) lacking knowledge, experience of life, or good judgment, and willing to believe that people always tell you the truth to be politically naive I can't believe you were so naive as to trust him! a naive question
  2. 2(approving) (of people and their behavior) innocent and simple synonym artless Their approach to life is refreshingly naive. compare sophisticated
  3. 3(technology) (of art) in a style which is deliberately very simple, often uses bright colors, and is similar to that produced by a child
(also naïvely) adverb I naively assumed that I would be paid for the work.
naiveté (also naïveté)
jump to other results
, NAmE//naɪˈivteɪ//
noun [uncountable] They laughed at the naiveté of his suggestion. She has lost none of her naiveté. His work is a curious blend of sophistication and naiveté.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: naive