Naive is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of naive, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - lacking information or instruction
EXAMPLES - Naive in a Sentence
- The way to appeal to the naive is to promise change. (source)
- The naive is usually based on flawed and unexamined ideology. (source)
- Despite its gaudy extravagance it has a certain naive humility. (source)
- I ` ve been called naive and perhaps I am, but I ` m not that naive. (source)
- The human shields have been called naive, ill-informed, even treasonous. (source)
- How optimistic you are about the president's effort, that some call naive? (source)
- This view is supported by common sense and is typically called naive or direct realism. (source)
- The word naive that you mentioned keeps coming up in speeches again and again and again. (source)
- Once it's here, it's spreading like a virus that's going into what we call a naive population. (source)
- It's just plain naive and foolish to assume that they will accurately gauge their own capabilities and our own. (source)
- What's naive is the idea that we can continue on with our disastrous foreign policy and expect no repercussions. (source)
- But I will point out that I was called naive when I suggested that we need to look at exploring contacts with Iran. (source)
- But the judge said he saw "no good purpose" in jailing the mother, whom he described as naive and with a very low IQ. (source)
- Martin says her original plan, which she now calls naive, was to try to change male employees 'attitudes toward women. (source)
- Obama's total lack of international experience is fully illustrated in naive statements regarding internatioanal affairs. (source)
- Why would the corporate media call her naive over and over and over again without of course acknowledging its own naivete? (source)
- BENNETT: His view has been characterized as naive and irresponsible, not by right-wing conservatives, but by Hillary Clinton. (source)
- Opik in naive in the extreme with these comments of his for that and other reasons I find it impossible to take the man seriously. (source)
- But I will point out that I was called naive when I suggested that we need to look at exploring contacts with Iran and you know what? (source)
- If President Obama really believes that he can change the direction of this conference, then he has elevated the word naive to new levels. (source)
- At a news conference today with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Mr. Bush took aim at what he called a naive conclusion and a political leak. (source)
- If name calling like "liar" and "naive" is the worst McCain has to dish out, then the general election should be a cake walk for the democrats. (source)
- Suggesting the Democrates are politically naive is a stupid tromperie towards America .... he is good on that, he already did the same with the Irak issue. (source)
- Nader and his supporters are frequently characterized as naive, whose adolescent pursuit of their ideal agenda only serves to move them farther away from it. (source)
- Is it naive, is it terribly coarse and innocent of me, to have been floored by the way partner AI Sheva seems so lifelike, casually reloading her gun on her own? (source)
- WALL: And how does she say that, you know, he understands -- how does she say to AIPAC that he understands what is at stake, when she has called naive on foreign policy? (source)
- Black men in the south were referred to as naive, kid, and boy when they were 50 years old by racist whites again to demean and debase them by emasculating their man hood. (source)
- However, I usually only see supporters of Senator Clinton denigrating Obama backers as "childish" and "naive" - and I believe this to be due largely to the large age divide. (source)
- While I'm more than a little nervous that "naive" is code for "adorkably clumsy," I'm crossing my fingers that the agent Bynes replaced us with knows what he or she is doing. (source)
- At a news conference today with the visiting president of Afghanistan, Mr. Bush attacked what he called a naive conclusion drawn from a major government report on the war on terror. (source)
- (on camera): He says the U.S. should reject what he calls the naive and flawed thinking that by sitting down with terrorist groups and their sponsors like Iran, they'll stop being threats. (source)
- I also reject what I call the naive Austrian view, which is that the only information problem that markets cannot solve is that of seeing through the distortions caused by government money. (source)
- RICK SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Barack Obama said when he was asked in one of our CNN debates, whether he would talk to people like Chavez and Hamas, he was called naive for having that position. (source)
- Such a dyadic relational theory is often called naive realism because it suggests that the perceiver is directly perceiving the object, and naive because this view is open to a variety of serious objections. (source)
- Bill Clinton, wildly charismatic, could never overcome his own personal flaws and distractions to fulfill his own potential, and Barak Obama, articulate but grossly inexperienced and naive, is Jimmy Carter redux. (source)
- Hillary, Bill and their cronies spent half of the primary season assassinating and tearing down Barack Obama's character: he was called naive, dangerous, green and she tried to muscle her way on to the democratic ticket. (source)
- What I find naive is the belief that we could have lived through the upheavals of the last 40 years and not observe a longing for the past alive in the hearts of those who are committing their lives to the service of the faith. (source)
- Every charge made against Obama has been arguable -- like, for instance, his acknowledgement of drug use when he was young might make him a GOP target, or that he's not "experienced," or that he's "naive" -- and not truly negative. (source)
- Now and then, rubbing his eyes vigorously, an editor catches a sudden glimpse of the revolution and breaks out in naive volubility, as, for instance, the one who wrote the following in the Chicago Chronicle: American socialists are revolutionists. (source)
- And the way McCain responded today is very similar to the way Hillary Clinton talks about Barack Obama, saying that that kind of talk, even suggesting or broadcasting, as McCain put it, to an ally, an ally that the United States relies on, he said that is "naive" -- Wolf. (source)
- These frameworks arose both as attempts to recover the simplicity of the type-free approach, as derived from the so-called naive comprehension principle, as well as in order to satisfy metamathematical needs, such as the clarification of fundamental concepts underlying the notions of (source)
- Deportation, fences and/or non-citizen based temporary worker registration schemes, which many thoughtlessly argue is (are) the solution (s) is (are) in short, naive, non-sensical, unworkable, non-plausible and on the extraordinary scale necessary - patently impossible; therefore not the solution (s) and deserving of no place at the table when discussing rational options/solutions. (source)
- Obama said that, as president, he would strike Al Qaeda targets in Pakistan with or without the permission of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and was called naive by both Hillary Clinton and John McCain for holding such a position, although pressed on the matter by a conservative talk radio host recently, McCain seemed to back pedal from that stance, searching to explain how he would act differently on the same sort of intelligence. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "naive" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 45 synonyms for naive.
aboveboard, artless, callow, candid, confiding, countrified, credulous, forthright, frank, fresh, green, guileless, gullible, harmless, ignorant, impulsive, ingenuous, innocent, innocuous, instinctive, jejune, lamb, like a babe in the woods, natural, open, original, patsy, plain, simple, simple-minded, sincere, spontaneous, square, sucker, unaffected, unjaded, unpretentious, unschooled, unsophisticated, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, untaught, unworldly, virgin, wide-eyed
We have 8 antonyms for naive.
aware, experienced, intelligent, knowledgeable, leery, skeptical, sophisticated, wise
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of naive from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Lacking worldly experience and understanding, especially:
- (adjective) Simple and guileless; artless: a child with a naive charm.
- (adjective) Unsuspecting or credulous: "Students, often bright but naive, bet—and lose—substantial sums of money on sporting events” ( Tim Layden).
- (adjective) Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment: "this extravagance of metaphors, with its naive bombast” ( H.L. Mencken).
- (adjective) Not previously subjected to experiments: testing naive mice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Lacking experience, wisdom, or judgement.
- (adjective) Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Having native or unaffected simplicity; ingenuous; artless; frank
- (adjective) Having a lack of knowledge, judgment, or experience; especially, lacking sophistication in judging the motives of others; credulous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Simple; unsophisticated; ingenuous; artless.
- (None) In philosophy, unreflective; uncritical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) lacking information or instruction
- (adjective) marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
- (adjective) inexperienced
- (adjective) not initiated; deficient in relevant experience
- (adjective) of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style