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Meaning of NAIVE

Pronunciation:  nâ'eev

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  lacking sophistication
  2. [adj]  lacking experience of life; "a callow youth of seventeen"
  3. [adj]  marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"

NAIVE is a 5 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: artless, callow, childlike, credulous, dewy-eyed, fleeceable, green, gullible, ignorant, immature, inexperienced, ingenuous, innocent, naif, simple, simple-minded, unsophisticated, unworldly, wide-eyed
 Antonyms: sophisticated
 See Also: uninformed



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Na"["i]ve`\, a. [F. na["i]f, fem. na["i]ve, fr. L.
nativus innate, natural, native. See {Native}, and cf.
Having native or unaffected simplicity; ingenuous; artless;
frank; as, na["i]ve manners; a na["i]ve person; na["i]ve and
unsophisticated remarks.

Computing Dictionary

Untutored in the perversities of some particular program or system; one who still tries to do things in an intuitive way, rather than the right way (in really good designs these coincide, but most designs aren't "really good" in the appropriate sense). This trait is completely unrelated to general maturity or competence or even competence at any other specific program. It is a sad commentary on the primitive state of computing that the natural opposite of this term is often claimed to be "experienced user" but is really more like "cynical user".

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: artless, awkward, befoolable, blankminded, bluff, blunt, born yesterday, budding, callow, candid, childlike, confiding, credulous, cullible, deceivable, deludable, dependent, depending, dewy, direct, dumb, dupable, easy, empty, empty-headed, exploitable, foolable, frank, fresh, gauche, green, groping, growing, guileless, gullible, hoaxable, hoodwinkable, humbugable, ignorant, immature, impubic, inane, inexperienced, ingenu, ingenuous, innocent, intact, juicy, know-nothing, minor, nescient, new-fledged, open, openhearted, original, outspoken, persuadable, plain, raw, reliant, relying, ripening, sappy, seduceable, simple, simplehearted, simpleminded, sincere, single-hearted, single-minded, soft, strange to, susceptible, tender, tentative, trustful, trusting, trusty, unacquainted, unadult, unaffected, unapprized, unartificial, uncomprehending, unconversant, underage, undeveloped, unenlightened, unfamiliar, unfledged, unformed, unguarded, unilluminated, uninformed, uninitiated, unintelligent, unknowing, unlicked, unmellowed, unposted, unreserved, unripe, unschooled, unseasoned, unsophisticated, unstudied, unsure, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unversed, unwary, vacuous, vernal, victimizable, virginal, without suspicion