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Definition 1: marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where naive 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 naive in the sense of this definition

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

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

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

"so credulous he believes everything he reads"

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

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

(naive 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"

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

"a simple-minded argument"

(naive 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"

Definition 2: not initiated; deficient in relevant experience - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

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

Synonyms for naive in the sense of this definition

(naive is similar to ...) lacking practical experience or training

Definition 3: inexperienced - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(naive is similar to ...) not established by conditioning or learning

"an unconditioned reflex"

Definition 4: lacking information or instruction - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • lamentably unenlightened as to the laws

Synonyms for naive in the sense of this definition

(naive is similar to ...) not informed; lacking in knowledge or information

"the uninformed public"

Definition 5: of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

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

Synonyms for naive in the sense of this definition

(naive is similar to ...) not disciplined or conditioned or made adept by training

"an untrained voice" "untrained troops" "young minds untrained in the habit of concentration"

(naive belongs to category ...) the study and creation of visual works of art

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