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naivety n : lack of sophistication or worldliness [syn: naivete, naiveness] [ant: sophistication]

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lack of sophistication, experience, judgement or worldliness; artlessness; gullibility; credulity

Extensive Definition

Naïve may refer to:
  • Naïveté, a French loanword indicating the state of lacking experience, understanding or sophistication
  • Naïve art, art created by untrained artists, or artists aspiring to naïve realisations
  • Naïve algorithm, a very simple solution to a problem that has a very high time- or memory- complexity
  • Naïve realism, a theory of perception thought to be representative of most people's understanding and method of interpretation of their perceptions
  • Naive set theory, a non-axiomatic approach to set theory, in mathematics
  • Naïve (medical term), a patient who has not previously used a particular drug (e.g., an opioid) during a particular course of treatment, and therefore has no tolerance; or someone who has not been exposed previously to an antigen
  • Naïve (company), also known as 0pus111, a recording label featuring artists such as Jorge Chaminé
  • Naïve (album), industrial rock group KMFDM's fifth album, released in 1990
  • Naïve (The Kooks song), a 2006 song by British post-punk rock band The Kooks, featured on their debut album
  • Naïve (band), a Russian punk rock band.
naivety in French: Naïf
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