Definition of naive
- made the test with naive rats
- naive T cells
a naive belief that all people are good
a naive view of the world
She asked a lot of naive questions.
I was young and naive at the time, and I didn't think anything bad could happen to me.
The plan seems a little naive.
If you're naive enough to believe him, you'll believe anyone.
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on the level;
: having or showing a lack of experience or knowledge : innocent or simple
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