naive

[nah-eev]
adjective
1.
having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous.
2.
having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information; credulous: She's so naive she believes everything she reads. He has a very naive attitude toward politics.
3.
having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique: valuable naive 19th-century American portrait paintings.
4.
not having previously been the subject of a scientific experiment, as an animal.
Also, naïve.


Origin:
1645–55; < French, feminine of naïf, Old French naif natural, instinctive < Latin nātīvus native

naively, adverb
naiveness, noun
unnaive, adjective
unnaively, adverb


1. simple, unaffected, unsuspecting, artless, guileless, candid, open, plain.


1. sophisticated, artful.
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naive, naïve or naïf (naɪˈiːv)
 
adj
1.  a.  having or expressing innocence and credulity; ingenuous
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): only the naive believed him
2.  artless or unsophisticated
3.  lacking developed powers of analysis, reasoning, or criticism: a naive argument
4.  another word for primitive
 
n
5.  rare See primitive a person who is naive, esp in artistic style
 
[C17: from French, feminine of naïf, from Old French naif native, spontaneous, from Latin nātīvusnative, from nasci to be born]
 
naïve, naïve or naïf
 
adj
 
n
 
[C17: from French, feminine of naïf, from Old French naif native, spontaneous, from Latin nātīvusnative, from nasci to be born]
 
naïf, naïve or naïf
 
adj
 
n
 
[C17: from French, feminine of naïf, from Old French naif native, spontaneous, from Latin nātīvusnative, from nasci to be born]
 
na'ively, naïve or naïf
 
adv
 
na'ïvely, naïve or naïf
 
adv
 
na'ïfly, naïve or naïf
 
adv
 
na'iveness, naïve or naïf
 
n
 
na'ïveness, naïve or naïf
 
n
 
na'ïfness, naïve or naïf
 
n

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naive
1650s, from Fr. naïve, fem. of naïf, from O.Fr. naif "naive, natural, just born," from L. nativus "not artificial," also "native, rustic," lit. "born, innate, natural" (see native).
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naive na·ive or na·ïve (nä-ēv') or na·if or na·ïf (nä-ēf')
adj.

  1. Lacking worldliness and sophistication.

  2. Simple and credulous as a child.

  3. Not previously subjected to experiments.

  4. Not having previously taken or received a particular drug.

n.
One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.
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naive definition


Untutored in the perversities of some particular program or system; one who still tries to do things in an intuitive way, rather than the right way (in really good designs these coincide, but most designs aren't "really good" in the appropriate sense). This trait is completely unrelated to general maturity or competence or even competence at any other specific program. It is a sad commentary on the primitive state of computing that the natural opposite of this term is often claimed to be "experienced user" but is really more like "cynical user".
(1994-11-29)

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Example sentences
David is naive, but he's not that naive.
But of course to have found fault reveals the naïve temper of criticism in the
  late seventies.
It is sophisticated and naïve simultaneously, sometimes in the same symbols
  that they use.
Some evidence suggests that those who are ignorant or naïve are subject to
  manipulation by a loud, opinionated minority.
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