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"naive" in British English

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naiveadjective

(also naïve) uk   us   /naɪˈiːv/ mainly disapproving
C1 too ​willing to ​believe that someone is ​telling the ​truth, that people's ​intentions in ​general are good, or that ​life is ​simple and ​fair. People are often naive because they are ​young and/or have not had much ​experience of ​life: She was very naive to ​believe that he'd ​stay with her. They make the naive ​assumption that because it's ​popular it must be good. It was a little naive of you tothink that they would ​listen to ​yoursuggestions.
naively
adverb (also naïvely) uk   us   /-li/
I naively ​believed he was ​telling the ​truth.
(Definition of naive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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naiveadjective

 us   /nɑˈiv/
too ​ready to ​believe someone or something, or to ​trust that someone’s ​intentions are good, esp. because of a ​lack of ​experience: It was naive of her to ​think that she would ​ever get her ​money back.
(Definition of naive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “naive”
in Korean 순진한…
in Arabic ساذِج…
in Malaysian naif…
in Russian наивный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輕信的, 天真的, 幼稚的…
in Italian ingenuo…
in Turkish saf, deneyimsiz, toy…
in Polish naiwny…
in Spanish cándido, ingenuo…
in Vietnamese ngờ nghệch, ngây thơ…
in Portuguese ingênuo…
in Thai ตรงไปตรงมา, ซื่อบริสุทธิ์…
in Catalan ingenu…
in Japanese だまされやすい, うぶな…
in Chinese (Simplified) 轻信的, 天真的, 幼稚的…
in Indonesian polos, bodoh…
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