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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: naïve, feminine of naïf, from Latin nativus; NATIVE1

naive

adjective
     
na‧ive
not having much experience of how complicated life is, so that you trust people too much and believe that good things will always happen [↪ innocent]:
a naive young girl
Jim can be so naive sometimes.
it is naive to think/suppose/assume etc
It would be naive to think that this could solve all the area's problems straight away.
naively adverb:
I had naively imagined that he was in love with me.
naivety also naiveté noun [uncountable]
dangerous political naivety

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