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Definition 1: a naive or inexperienced person - [noun denoting person]

(naif is a kind of ...) a person who lacks knowledge of evil

Definition 2: marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where naif or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for naif in the sense of this definition

(naif is similar to ...) exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

"childlike trust" "dewy-eyed innocence" "listened in round-eyed wonder"

(naif is similar to ...) showing a lack of judgment or experience

"so credulous he believes everything he reads"

(naif is similar to ...) naive and easily deceived or tricked

"at that early age she had been gullible and in love"

(naif is similar to ...) lacking in sophistication or worldliness

"a child's innocent stare" "his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"

(naif is similar to ...) lacking subtlety and insight

"a simple-minded argument"

(naif is similar to ...) not wise in the ways of the world

"either too unsophisticated or too honest to promise more than he could deliver" "this helplessly unworldly woman"

(means also ...) disposed to believe on little evidence

"the gimmick would convince none but the most credulous"

(means also ...) not informed; lacking in knowledge or information

"the uninformed public"

(means also ...) not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations

"was unworldly and did not greatly miss worldly rewards"

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