Adjective "naive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement.
  1. 'We are not naive about the many threats and dangers there are today to world peace and security, nor about the urgent need to do something about them.'
  2. 'When she does engage in critical analysis, the results are naive and limited.'
  3. 'Again, to be fair, in Bangalore he made a bold - some would say naive - attempt to redefine Britain's role in the world.'
  4. 'He was naïve about this due to his inexperience.'
  5. 'Only a very naive observer would conclude that this is currently a party with the focus and energy to win another mandate, whoever its leader may be.'
  6. 'I stand by my labeling of the answer as naïve, however.'
  7. 'I don't think that I was - I think I was more naive on that front than one would expect.'
  8. 'I can't believe she's that naive and she's a nurse and she's an educated person.'
  9. 'Based on this rather naive childhood wish, I did a lot of research and finally got there.'
  10. 'You always said that you were politically naive, that you were a non-political person.'
  11. 'Andy had a sweet, naive look when he smiled'
  12. 'Despite her independence and academic brilliance, she is naive and unworldly and her choices are terrifying.'
  13. 'In the light of this, one might be inclined to say that she is naïve or innocent or foolhardy.'
  14. 'You might think we are fools to be so naive, so innocent, so foolish.'
  15. 'It is the most innocent and naive who find themselves entrapped.'
  16. 'She's had a rough childhood and still managed to stay sweet, innocent and a little naive.'
  17. 'She wasn't always as innocent and naive as she seemed.'
  18. 'She was blushing; her flushed face made her look innocent and naïve.'
  19. 'He was kind of goofy and maybe even a little naïve, with an innocent smile on his face.'
  20. 'She had a naïve, innocent look about her as if she would believe anything a person told her.'
  21. 'Perhaps it was the shock that kept them hoping or maybe it was a naive innocence.'
  22. 'Like the sculpture, the images represent a very naive viewpoint in the art world.'
  23. 'In such work his style was colourful and bizarre, sometimes with an almost naive quality of freshness.'
  24. 'His style seems to represent a point halfway between naive art and Expressionism.'
  25. 'When on the outside walls, they are of simple design in a more naive style.'
  26. 'Her designs which were both naive and decorative showed great purity of line.'
  27. 'Her paintings are exquisite, naïve and impressionistic, ghostly boats that drift across dripped canvases.'
  28. 'This campaign utilises unrelated fun visuals and a faux naive style, which makes it all the smarter.'
  29. 'Such naïve art of the Vermicelli school is the very antithesis of this Art.'


1. having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous.

2. having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information; credulous: She's so naive she believes everything she reads. He has a very naive attitude toward politics.

3. having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique: valuable naive 19th-century American portrait paintings.

4. not having previously

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be naive in respects."

"students can be naive about realities."

"scripts can be naive to youths."

"places can be naive in defences."

"people can be naive with stuffs."

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Mid 17th century: from French naïve, feminine of naïf, from Latin nativus ‘native, natural’.