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adjective (also naïve)     /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 to think that they would listen to your suggestions .Naive and trustingInexperienced (of people) naively (also naïvely)     /-li/ adverb I, perhaps naively, believed he was telling the truth .Naive and trustingInexperienced (of people)
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