naive

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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  • IPA(key): /naɪˈiv/
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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. (of art) Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.
    I've always liked the naive way in which he ignores all the background detail.
    • 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.
  3. (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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Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

naive

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

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naive

  1. naively

German[edit]

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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[edit]

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naive

  1. definite singular/plural of naiv

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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naive

  1. definite singular/plural of naiv

Swedish[edit]

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naive

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of naiv.