naive


naive
naive a*ive", naive a*["i]ve"(n[aum]*[=e]v"), a. [F. na["i]f, fem. na["i]ve, fr. L. nativus innate, natural, native. See {Native}, and cf. {Na["i]f}.] 1. Having native or unaffected simplicity; ingenuous; artless; frank; as, na["i]ve manners; a na["i]ve person; na["i]ve and unsophisticated remarks. [1913 Webster]

2. Having a lack of knowledge, judgment, or experience; especially, lacking sophistication in judging the motives of others; credulous; as, a naive belief in the honesty of politicians. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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