To be naive is to lack a certain knowledge about situations and people. This adjective is similar to the word "innocent."
Pay close attention to the pronunciation of this word:
naive (neye eve)
- She’s a very naive person.
- He’s naive when it comes to negotiations.
- You’re so naive.
- Stop being so naive.
- It’s naive to believe that.
- He’s young and naive. Soon he’ll learn the facts of life.
- They were naive to believe the salesperson’s claims about the car they purchased.
- A lawyer took advantage of his naive clients and stole thousands of dollars from them.
When this word is in the form of a noun it becomes "naivety."
- Susan’s complete trust in the people she supervised revealed her naivety.
- Your naivety is showing.
- When the man learned of the woman’s naivety and innocence, he felt a need to protect her.
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July 22, 2013