Definition of naive in English:

naive

(also naïve)

Pronunciation /nʌɪˈiːv/ /nɑːˈiːv/

adjective

  • 1(of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement.

    ‘the rather naive young man had been totally misled’
    • ‘His chronic lack of judgement and naive approach to the complexities of the society lead inevitably to tragedy.’
    • ‘He has been particularly criticized for lack of military experience and naive views of warfare.’
    • ‘They were naive with respect to the purpose of the experiment and none of them had participated in the previous experiment.’
    • ‘The authors are not naïve about the barriers to the process of experimentation and adoption.’
    • ‘I can't believe she's that naive and she's a nurse and she's an educated person.’
    • ‘I don't think that I was - I think I was more naive on that front than one would expect.’
    • ‘They were naive to believe they were immune from war's violence.’
    • ‘I'm not naive enough to think that the job of the press is to make the president look good or even to make the country look good.’
    • ‘Only a very naive observer would conclude that this is currently a party with the focus and energy to win another mandate, whoever its leader may be.’
    • ‘You always said that you were politically naive, that you were a non-political person.’
    • ‘I'm not naive enough to think everyone will think this one through like the engineer geek I am.’
    • ‘We are not naive about the many threats and dangers there are today to world peace and security, nor about the urgent need to do something about them.’
    • ‘When she does engage in critical analysis, the results are naive and limited.’
    • ‘Based on this rather naive childhood wish, I did a lot of research and finally got there.’
    • ‘I stand by my labeling of the answer as naïve, however.’
    • ‘An aware, as opposed to naive, romanticism never did anyone any harm.’
    • ‘Again, to be fair, in Bangalore he made a bold - some would say naive - attempt to redefine Britain's role in the world.’
    • ‘Investing in art is ideal for naive investors since it is risk-free.’
    • ‘He was naïve about this due to his inexperience.’
    • ‘This seems pretty naïve and naturally enough there's been no improvement.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) natural and unaffected; innocent.
      ‘Andy had a sweet, naive look when he smiled’
      • ‘In the light of this, one might be inclined to say that she is naïve or innocent or foolhardy.’
      • ‘In many ways, Joseph was naïve and innocent in his thinking.’
      • ‘She was terribly naïve and innocent and I suspected that she did not know what it could mean when her best friend just decided to leave a group outing.’
      • ‘Despite her independence and academic brilliance, she is naive and unworldly and her choices are terrifying.’
      • ‘We miss out on the world because we are naive, ingénues who need to be taught everything.’
      • ‘Speaking with the naive innocence of childhood, he asks why mummy and daddy aren't married and on their honeymoon.’
      • ‘It is the most innocent and naive who find themselves entrapped.’
      • ‘Perhaps it was the shock that kept them hoping or maybe it was a naive innocence.’
      • ‘It's about being innocent and naive, much like Adam was in Paradise before the fall from grace.’
      • ‘Everything about them was dainty and feminine and naïve, innocent and pure, lovely and artless.’
      • ‘He's a benign aid worker with a naïve, innocent, sponge-like desire to learn about the world he's landed in.’
      • ‘You might think we are fools to be so naive, so innocent, so foolish.’
      • ‘She wasn't always as innocent and naive as she seemed.’
      • ‘For example, Daisy is always seen wearing white, which gives her and innocent naive appearance.’
      • ‘She's had a rough childhood and still managed to stay sweet, innocent and a little naive.’
      • ‘Maybe it wasn't a coincidence and you're not as innocent or naive as you try to act.’
      • ‘She was simply too innocent, too naive to understand the look he had when he looked at her.’
      • ‘She was blushing; her flushed face made her look innocent and naïve.’
      • ‘She had a naïve, innocent look about her as if she would believe anything a person told her.’
      • ‘He was kind of goofy and maybe even a little naïve, with an innocent smile on his face.’
      innocent, unsophisticated, artless, ingenuous, inexperienced, guileless, unworldly, childlike, trusting, trustful, dewy-eyed, starry-eyed, wide-eyed, fond, simple, natural, unaffected, unpretentious
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    2. 1.2Of or denoting art produced in a style which deliberately rejects sophisticated artistic techniques and has a bold directness resembling a child's work, typically in bright colours with little or no perspective.
      • ‘His style seems to represent a point halfway between naive art and Expressionism.’
      • ‘Like the sculpture, the images represent a very naive viewpoint in the art world.’
      • ‘The collection is striking in its combination of works from both the realms of art brut and naive art.’
      • ‘In such work his style was colourful and bizarre, sometimes with an almost naive quality of freshness.’
      • ‘When on the outside walls, they are of simple design in a more naive style.’
      • ‘He picks the naive approach and joyous colours and forms creating a montage of the flora, fauna and people of South Asia.’
      • ‘Admittedly, I did get the feeling that extended exposure to its naive style might weary me, but at first glance?’
      • ‘This campaign utilises unrelated fun visuals and a faux naive style, which makes it all the smarter.’
      • ‘Executed in the same flat, almost naïve style, the stylus emerges from the right hand side almost threateningly, bearing down on the record.’
      • ‘She presents characters, churches and landscapes in a naïve and nostalgic way, yet also flavoured with a bit of this kitsch.’
      • ‘Her designs which were both naive and decorative showed great purity of line.’
      • ‘A series of naïve pop images has been created using the phone's drawing application.’
      • ‘Such naïve art of the Vermicelli school is the very antithesis of this Art.’
      • ‘Not that all the art on display is naive; some of it is beautiful in its own right.’
      • ‘Linear simplicity, naive spontaneity, subtlety of tones and interesting techniques mark his abstracts.’
      • ‘Her paintings are exquisite, naïve and impressionistic, ghostly boats that drift across dripped canvases.’

Origin

Mid 17th century from French naïve, feminine of naïf, from Latin nativus ‘native, natural’.

Pronunciation

naive

/nʌɪˈiːv/ /nɑːˈiːv/