naive Definition

  • 1lacking experience, wisdom, or judgement
  • 2innocent and unsuspecting

Using naive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "naive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was too naive to see through his lies.

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    He had a naive belief in the goodness of people.

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    The plan was doomed to fail due to its naive assumptions.

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    Their naive approach to the problem only made it worse.

naive Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with naive

  • art created by artists who have no formal training and are not influenced by established styles or trends


    Her naive art style is characterized by bright colors and simple shapes.

  • the belief that one's perceptions of the world reflect reality as it really is


    Naive realism is often challenged by scientific discoveries and philosophical arguments.

  • the intuitive understanding of physical phenomena that people develop through everyday experience


    Naive physics can lead to misconceptions about how the world works.

Origins of naive

from French 'naïve', feminine of 'naïf', meaning 'natural, genuine, unspoiled'


Summary: naive in Brief

'Naive' [na-eev] describes someone who lacks experience, wisdom, or judgement, often in an innocent and unsuspecting way. It can refer to beliefs, approaches, or people, as in 'She was too naive to see through his lies.' 'Naive' extends into phrases like 'naive art,' referring to art created by untrained artists, and 'naive physics,' denoting the intuitive understanding of physical phenomena.

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