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  • adjective Having a naively enthusiastic, overoptimistic, or romantic view; unrealistic.

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  • adjective Describing one who has naïvely optimistic hopes or outlooks.

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  • adjective unrealistically or naively optimistic


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  • Those sexy curves, those glossy wet neon planes, the liquid marble lips, the starry-eyed bulbs and longing tips bursting out gravity-free -- can't you hear it?

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  • i always like to look at words containing "unrealistic" or "unrealistically" in their definitions with optimism, like "dreamer" or "romantic". someone should make a list of Words for the Self-Proclaimed Naïve.

    November 22, 2008