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1 lacking in worldly wisdom or informed judgment
  • a first-time buyer who was so naive that he believed the salesman's spiel and paid good money for the rusty and broken-down car
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3 readily taken advantage of
  • We get piles of junk mail because you are naive enough to keep entering these dumb contests.
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natural, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated, artless mean free from pretension or calculation. natural implies lacking artificiality and self-consciousness and having a spontaneousness suggesting the natural rather than the man-made world.
    • her unaffected, natural manner
ingenuous implies inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings or intentions.
    • the ingenuous enthusiasm of children
naive suggests lack of worldly wisdom often connoting credulousness and unchecked innocence.
    • politically naive
unsophisticated implies a lack of experience and training necessary for social ease and adroitness.
    • unsophisticated adolescents
artless suggests a naturalness resulting from unawareness of the effect one is producing on others.
    • artless charm

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