Naiveness



[nah-eev] /nɑˈiv/

adjective
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 been the subject of a scientific experiment, as an animal.
/naɪˈiːv/
adjective
1.

2.
artless or unsophisticated
3.
lacking developed powers of analysis, reasoning, or criticism: a naive argument
4.
another word for primitive (sense 5)
noun
5.
(rare) a person who is naive, esp in artistic style See primitive (sense 10)
adj.

1650s, “natural, simple, artless,” from French naïve, fem. of naïf, from Old French naif “naive, natural, genuine; just born; foolish, innocent; unspoiled, unworked” (13c.), from Latin nativus “not artificial,” also “native, rustic,” literally “born, innate, natural” (see native (adj.)). Related: Naively.

naive na·ive or na·ïve (nä-ēv’) or na·if or na·ïf (nä-ēf’)
adj.

n.
One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.

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