IPA: naɪˈiv


  • A naive person; a greenhorn.


  • Lacking worldly experience, wisdom, or judgement; unsophisticated.
  • Not having been exposed to something.
  • (of art) Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.
  • (computing) Intuitive; designed to follow the way ordinary people approach a problem.

Examples of "naive" in Sentences

  • The boy is callow and naive.
  • Fergus is the most naive of the group.
  • Perhaps the point is both naive and banal.
  • Metaphor comes to the aid of the naive here.
  • Big Star is the naive cousin of The Big Time.
  • Rose is portrayed as a naive, simple minded yokel.
  • She begins the book sexually naive, but inquisitive.
  • The naive empiricism of induction was shown to be illogical by Hume.
  • It is the beautiful daughter of the family but it is foolish and naive.
  • Once it's here, it's spreading like a virus that's going into what we call a naive population.
  • He directed his ire at Hansen who had used the word "naive" in his assessment of the game in Monday's newspaper.
  • There's lots of highly sohpisticated people here and on our city council, and in fact, being naive is a virtue; we're not so cynical.
  • At a news conference today with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Mr. Bush took aim at what he called a naive conclusion and a political leak.
  • While I'm more than a little nervous that "naive" is code for "adorkably clumsy," I'm crossing my fingers that the agent Bynes replaced us with knows what he or she is doing.
  • At a news conference today with the visiting president of Afghanistan, Mr. Bush attacked what he called a naive conclusion drawn from a major government report on the war on terror.
  • (on camera): He says the U.S. should reject what he calls the naive and flawed thinking that by sitting down with terrorist groups and their sponsors like Iran, they'll stop being threats.
  • I also reject what I call the naive Austrian view, which is that the only information problem that markets cannot solve is that of seeing through the distortions caused by government money.
  • Now and then, rubbing his eyes vigorously, an editor catches a sudden glimpse of the revolution and breaks out in naive volubility, as, for instance, the one who wrote the following in the Chicago Chronicle: American socialists are revolutionists.

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