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She raised her blue eyes toward the ceiling in a naive rapture.

A fellow of some innocence in his naive duplicity, but none the less dangerous.

At this naive statement, the sheepman could not restrain a smile.

Not that I should advise you to imitate this naive way out of a difficulty.

Some of the forms it assumes are simple and naive, like feudal rights.

This wonderful gift was presented in the most naive way imaginable.

"And what a good idea," was Paganel's naive rejoinder to her exclamation.

She looked about her with the naive curiosity I remembered so well.

It was the exact tone of a young baby, a naive and innocent cry.

Yet he was not quite prepared for the naive change in his companion's face.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "natural, simple, artless," from French naïve, fem. of naïf, from Old French naif "naive, natural, genuine; just born; foolish, innocent; unspoiled, unworked" (13c.), from Latin nativus "not artificial," also "native, rustic," literally "born, innate, natural" (see native (adj.)). Related: Naively.

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