Definition of naively adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//naɪˈiːvli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//naɪˈiːvli//
    (also naïvely)
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  1. 1(disapproving) in a way that shows you lack experience of life, knowledge or good judgement and are willing to believe that people always tell you the truth I naively assumed that I would be paid for the work.
  2. 2(art) in a style which is deliberately very simple, often uses bright colours and is similar to that produced by a child naively painted flowers