Were I to advance the plea of youth in excuse of the naiveness to be found in these pages, he would be likely to say "Bosh!"
The least unhappy are those who approximate the naiveness of the beasts and who never attempt what is beyond men.
1650s, "natural, simple, artless," from French naïve, fem. of naïf, from Old French naif "naive, natural, genuine; just born; foolish, innocent; unspoiled, unworked" (13c.), from Latin nativus "not artificial," also "native, rustic," literally "born, innate, natural" (see native (adj.)). Related: Naively.
naive na·ive or na·ïve (nä-ēv') or na·if or na·ïf (nä-ēf')
Lacking worldliness and sophistication.
Simple and credulous as a child.
Not previously subjected to experiments.
Not having previously taken or received a particular drug.