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naive

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naïve

Synonyms and Antonyms of naive

  1. 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 Synonyms of naive aw-shucks, dewy, dewy-eyed, green, ingenuous, innocent, naïf (or naif), primitive, simple, simpleminded, uncritical, unknowing, unsophisticated, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unwary, unworldly, wide-eyed Words Related to naive callow, childish, immature, inexperienced, raw; childlike, idealistic, impractical, unrealistic; believing, credulous, gullible (also gullable), susceptible, trustful, trusting, unguarded; beguiled, duped, gulled, tricked; careless, heedless, thoughtless Near Antonyms of naive critical, cynical, doubting, incredulous, skeptical, suspecting, suspicious, unconvinced; careful, cautious, guarded, leery (also leary), wary, watchful; down-to-earth, hardheaded, pragmatic (also pragmatical), realistic, sober; street-smart, streetwise Antonyms of naive cosmopolitan, experienced, knowing, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wise

  2. 2 free from any intent to deceive or impress others the young girl gave honest and naive answers to the social worker's probing questions Synonyms of naive artless, genuine, honest, ingenuous, innocent, guileless (or naïve), natural, real, simple, sincere, true, unaffected, unpretending, unpretentiousWords Related to naive childlike, dewy-eyed, gee-whiz, impressionable, inexperienced, malleable, persuadable, persuasible, simpleminded, unsophisticated, unworldly, wide-eyed; spontaneous, unforced, unstudied; candid, direct, frank, free, free-spoken, open, openhearted, plain, plainspoken, single-minded, straight, straightforward, unguarded; trustful, trusting; exploitable, gullible (also gullable), susceptible, unwaryNear Antonyms of naive critical, cynical, mistrustful, skeptical, suspicious, wary; cosmopolitan, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wise; civilized, cultivated, cultured, polished, refined; crooked, deceitful, deceptive, devious, double-dealing, hypocritical, manipulative, two-faced; arch, calculating, canny, crafty, cunning, designing, foxy, knavish, scheming, sharp, shifty, shrewd, slick, slippery, sly, subtle, tricky, underhanded, wily; flattering, mealymouthed, smooth, sycophantic, unctuous; feigned, forced, strainedAntonyms of naive affected, artful, artificial, assuming, dishonest, dissembling, dissimulating, fake, false, guileful, insincere, phony (also phoney), pretentious

  3. 3 readily taken advantage of we get piles of junk mail because you are naive enough to keep entering these dumb contests Synonyms of naive dewy-eyed, exploitable, gullible (also gullable), easy (or naïve), susceptible, trusting, unwary, wide-eyedWords Related to naive credulous, overcredulous, trustful, uncritical, unsuspecting, unsuspicious; artless, genuine, guileless, innocent, simple, unsophisticated, unworldly; fictile, malleable, pliable, pliant; deceivable; acquiescent, agreeable, amiable, obliging; yieldingNear Antonyms of naive critical, cynical, mistrustful, skeptical, suspicious, wary; sophisticated; clear-eyed, clear-sighted, hardheaded; shrewd, street-smart, streetwise

Synonym Discussion of naive

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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