naive definition

  • adjective:
    • Lacking worldly experience and understanding, specifically:
    • Simple and guileless; artless: a young child with a naive appeal.
    • Unsuspecting or credulous: "pupils, usually bright but naive, bet—and lose—substantial sums of money on sports” ( Tim Layden).
    • Showing or described as deficiencies in elegance and vital judgment: "this extravagance of metaphors, with its naive bombast” ( H.L. Mencken).
    • Not formerly subjected to experiments: testing naive mice.
    • lacking formerly taken or obtained a certain drug: individuals naive to marijuana.
    • Lacking knowledge, wisdom, or judgement.
    • stated in a simple, childlike style, intentionally rejecting sophisticated techniques.
    • Having indigenous or unaffected simpleness; ingenuous; artless; honest
    • Having insufficient understanding, judgment, or experience; specifically, lacking sophistication in judging the motives of others; credulous.
    • lacking information or instruction
    • marked by or showing unchanged ease of use and decreased guile or worldly knowledge
    • inexperienced
    • maybe not initiated; deficient in appropriate knowledge
    • of or created by one without formal training; easy or naive in style
  • noun:
    • person who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.
  • others:
    • Easy; unsophisticated; ingenuous; artless.
    • In philosophy, unreflective; uncritical.

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