from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking worldly experience and understanding, especially:
- adj. Simple and guileless; artless: a child with a naive charm.
- adj. Unsuspecting or credulous: "Students, often bright but naive, bet—and lose—substantial sums of money on sporting events” ( Tim Layden).
- adj. Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment: "this extravagance of metaphors, with its naive bombast” ( H.L. Mencken).
- adj. Not previously subjected to experiments: testing naive mice.
- adj. Not having previously taken or received a particular drug: persons naive to marijuana.
- n. One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lacking experience, wisdom, or judgement.
- adj. Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having native or unaffected simplicity; ingenuous; artless; frank
- adj. Having a lack of knowledge, judgment, or experience; especially, lacking sophistication in judging the motives of others; credulous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Simple; unsophisticated; ingenuous; artless.
- In philosophy, unreflective; uncritical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking information or instruction
- adj. marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
- adj. inexperienced
- adj. not initiated; deficient in relevant experience
- adj. of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style
French naïve, feminine of naïf, from Old French naif, natural, native, from Latin nātīvus, native, rustic, from nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French naïve, from Latin nativus ("native, natural"). (Wiktionary)