Naive
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Naive
See also: naïve

English

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Etymology

Borrowed from French naïve, from Latin nativus ("native, natural"). Doublet of native.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /na?'i:v/, /n?:'i:v/
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  • Rhymes: -i:v

Adjective

naive (comparative more naive, superlative most naive)

  1. Lacking worldly experience, wisdom, or judgement; unsophisticated.
    • 1965, Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics and music), "Going on Seventeen", in The Sound of Music[1]:
      I am sixteen going on seventeen, I know that I'm naive
  2. Not having been exposed to something.
    • 2011, Lila Miller, ?Kate Hurley, Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters
      Animals entering shelters are either (a) immunologically naïve and susceptible to infection and development of disease if exposed to pathogens; (b) already immune [...]
  3. (of art) Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.
    • 2006, Janis Mink, Joan Miró, ->ISBN, page 33:
      By 1921 when Miró painted his key work, naive painting had been recognized by the avantgarde art world as a genre in its own right.
  4. (computing) Intuitive; designed to follow the way ordinary people approach a problem.
    • 2007, Takao Terano, ?Huan Liu, ?& Arbee L.P. Chen, Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, ->ISBN:
      We have experiments of running our matching algorithm and a naive matching algorithm for such a term tree and a tree, and have compared the performance of the two algorithms.

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Noun

naive (plural naives)

  1. A naive person; a greenhorn.
    • 2010, Daphne Oz, The Dorm Room Diet:
      As a seasoned woman--of nineteen--I felt it was my place to tell each of these naïves that such plans were easier made than followed.
    • 2018, King Midas, Stupid Brokers - Stupid Clients:
      In other words, they'd buy securities from these naives for 55 and sell them similar securities for 65. In plain English, they'd pay $550 per $1,000 bond and turn right around and sell them similar stuff for $650.

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Danish

Adjective

naive

  1. inflection of naiv:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

Esperanto

Adverb

naive

  1. naively

German

Pronunciation

Adjective

naive

  1. inflection of naiv:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

naive

  1. definite singular/plural of naiv

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

naive

  1. definite singular/plural of naiv

Swedish

Adjective

naive

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of naiv.

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