Definition of naive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also naïve) adjective
    BrE BrE//naɪˈiːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//naɪˈiːv//
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  1. 1(disapproving) lacking experience of life, knowledge or good judgement 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 Wordfinderadolescent, immature, mixed up, naive, puberty, rebellious, sulky, tearaway, teenager, young See related entries: Youth
  2. 2(approving) (of people and their behaviour) innocent and simple synonym artless Their approach to life is refreshingly naive. compare sophisticated See related entries: Youth
  3. 3 (specialist) (of art) in a style which is deliberately very simple, often uses bright colours and is similar to that produced by a child
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French naïve, feminine of naïf, from Latin nativus ‘native, natural’.Extra examples He regarded the move as politically naive. He made some particularly naive remarks. I can’t believe you were so naive as to trust him! It would be naive of us to think that football is only a game.
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