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NAIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does naive mean? 

NAIVE (adjective)
  The adjective NAIVE has 5 senses:

1. marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
2. of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style
3. inexperienced
4. lacking information or instruction
5. not initiated; deficient in relevant experience

  Familiarity information: NAIVE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


NAIVE (adjective)


Sense 1naive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience

Synonyms:

naif; naive

Context examples:

a teenager's naive ignorance of life / the naive assumption that things can only get better / this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances

Similar:

unsophisticated; unworldly (not wise in the ways of the world)

simple-minded (lacking subtlety and insight)

ingenuous; innocent (lacking in sophistication or worldliness)

fleeceable; green; gullible (naive and easily deceived or tricked)

credulous (showing a lack of judgment or experience)

childlike; dewy-eyed; round-eyed; simple; wide-eyed (exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity)

Also:

uninformed (not informed; lacking in knowledge or information)

credulous (disposed to believe on little evidence)

unworldly (not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations)

Antonym:

sophisticated (having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire)


Sense 2naive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style

Synonyms:

naive; primitive

Context example:

primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking

Similar:

untrained (not disciplined or conditioned or made adept by training)

Domain category:

beaux arts; fine arts (the study and creation of visual works of art)


Sense 3naive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inexperienced

Similar:

innate; unconditioned; unlearned (not established by conditioning or learning)


Sense 4naive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking information or instruction

Synonyms:

uninstructed; unenlightened; naive

Context example:

lamentably unenlightened as to the laws

Similar:

uninformed (not informed; lacking in knowledge or information)


Sense 5naive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not initiated; deficient in relevant experience

Synonyms:

uninitiate; uninitiated; naive

Context examples:

it seemed a bizarre ceremony to uninitiated western eyes / he took part in the experiment as a naive subject

Similar:

inexperienced; inexperient (lacking practical experience or training)


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