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Synonyms for naive
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. naive, naif(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"

    Synonyms:
    uninitiate, uninitiated, primitive, unenlightened, naif, uninstructed

    Antonyms:
    svelte, experient, worldly-wise, well-informed, experienced, intelligent, polished, blase, worldly, refined, conditioned, trained, learned, informed, sophisticated, urbane

  2. primitive, naive(adj)

    of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style

    "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"

    Synonyms:
    rude, uninstructed, uninitiate, unenlightened, primitive, archaic, uninitiated, crude, naif

    Antonyms:
    polished, svelte, well-informed, worldly-wise, urbane, intelligent, blase, experient, experienced, informed, learned, worldly, sophisticated, trained, conditioned, refined

  3. naive(adj)

    inexperienced

    Synonyms:
    uninitiate, uninitiated, primitive, unenlightened, naif, uninstructed

    Antonyms:
    urbane, polished, informed, refined, sophisticated, worldly, intelligent, blase, learned, svelte, conditioned, trained, experienced, well-informed, experient, worldly-wise

  4. uninstructed, unenlightened, naive(adj)

    lacking information or instruction

    "lamentably unenlightened as to the laws"

    Synonyms:
    uninitiated, primitive, unenlightened, naif, uninitiate, uninstructed

    Antonyms:
    experient, sophisticated, intelligent, refined, learned, urbane, worldly-wise, svelte, blase, worldly, informed, conditioned, experienced, well-informed, polished, trained

  5. uninitiate, uninitiated, naive(adj)

    not initiated; deficient in relevant experience

    "it seemed a bizarre ceremony to uninitiated western eyes"; "he took part in the experiment as a naive subject"

    Synonyms:
    uninitiated, primitive, unenlightened, naif, uninitiate, uninstructed

    Antonyms:
    blase, experienced, conditioned, svelte, sophisticated, learned, worldly, worldly-wise, informed, well-informed, polished, trained, experient, intelligent, refined, urbane

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. naive

    A candid statement is meant to be true to the real facts and just to all parties; a fair statement is really so. Fair is applied to the conduct; candid is not; as, fair treatment, "a fair field, and no favor." One who is frank has a fearless and unconstrained truthfulness. Honest and ingenuous unite in expressing contempt for deceit. On the other hand, artless, guileless, naive, simple, and unsophisticated express the goodness which comes from want of the knowledge or thought of evil. As truth is not always agreeable or timely, candid and frank have often an objectionable sense; "to be candid with you," "to be perfectly frank," are regarded as sure preludes to something disagreeable. Open and unreserved may imply unstudied truthfulness or defiant recklessness; as, open admiration, open robbery. There may be transparent integrity or transparent fraud. Sincere applies to the feelings, as being all that one's words would imply.

    Synonyms:
    aboveboard, artless, candid, fair, frank, guileless, honest, impartial, ingenuous, innocent, open, simple, sincere, straightforward, transparent, truthful, unbiased, unprejudiced, unreserved, unsophisticated

    Antonyms:
    adroit, artful, crafty, cunning, deceitful, designing, diplomatic, foxy, insincere, intriguing, knowing, maneuvering, sharp, shrewd, sly, subtle, tricky, wily

    Preposition:
    Candid in debate; candid to or toward opponents; candid with friend or foe; to be candid about or in regard to the matter.

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. naïve(a)

    Synonyms:
    artless, innocent, ingenuous, frank

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    naive, gullible, ingenuous, naivety, simple-minded, simplistic, childish, unsuspecting

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How to use naive in a sentence?

  1. Thomas Szasz:

    The stupid neither forgive or forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

  2. Mila Kunis:

    ‘You’ll never work in this town again’ is what a producer threatened when I refused, i was no longer willing to subject myself to a naive compromise that I had previously been willing to ... I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said ‘no.’.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    This president has proven today that his foreign policy is more than just naive, it is willfully ignorant of the way the world truly works.

  4. Richard Spencers:

    They think they have shut this down, but they haven't, i will give a speech on their campus. It is a public place. I think Auburn University is naive and has totally misunderstood who I am if they think that I am going to politely back out of this. I will be there 100 percent.

  5. Thomas Szasz:

    The stupid neither forgive nor forget the naive forgive and forget the wise forgive but do not forget.


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