naive


na·ive

adjective \nä-ˈēv, nī-\

: having or showing a lack of experience or knowledge : innocent or simple

na·iv·erna·iv·est

Full Definition of NAIVE

1
:  marked by unaffected simplicity :  artless, ingenuous
2
a :  deficient in worldly wisdom or informed judgment; especially :  credulous
b :  not previously subjected to experimentation or a particular experimental situation <made the test with naive rats>; also :  not having previously used a particular drug (as marijuana)
c :  not having been exposed previously to an antigen <naive T cells>
3
a :  self-taught, primitive
b :  produced by or as if by a self-taught artist <naive murals>
na·ive·ly or na·ïve·ly adverb
na·ive·ness noun

Variants of NAIVE

na·ive or na·ïve \nä-ˈēv, nī-\

Examples of NAIVE

  1. a naive belief that all people are good
  2. a naive view of the world
  3. She asked a lot of naive questions.
  4. I was young and naive at the time, and I didn't think anything bad could happen to me.
  5. The plan seems a little naive.
  6. If you're naive enough to believe him, you'll believe anyone.
  7. Secularism requires a commitment to civil liberty, which rests partly on respect for civil disobedience—peaceful acts of conscience that challenge rules of law. If civil libertarianism is naïve, then so is the hope of secular government. —Wendy Kaminer, Free Inquiry, December 2008/January 2009

Origin of NAIVE

French naïve, feminine of naïf, from Old French, inborn, natural, from Latin nativus native
First Known Use: 1654

na·ive

adjective    (Medical Dictionary)
na·iv·erna·iv·est

Medical Definition of NAIVE

1
: not previously subjected to experimentation or a particular experimental situation <naive laboratory rats>
2
: not having previously used a particular drug (as marijuana)
3
: not having been exposed previously to an antigen <a naive immune system> <naive T cells>

Variants of NAIVE

na·ive or na·ïve \nä-ˈēv\

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