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Naive and Foolish Definitions

Naive

Simple and guileless; artless
A child with a naive charm.

Foolish

Lacking or exhibiting a lack of good sense or judgment; silly
A foolish boy.
A foolish purchase.

Naive

Unsuspecting or credulous
Naive victims of the scam.

Foolish

Capable of arousing laughter; absurd or ridiculous
A foolish grin.

Naive

Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment
"this extravagance of metaphors, with its naive bombast" (H.L. Mencken).
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Foolish

Embarrassed; abashed
I feel foolish telling you this.

Naive

Not previously subjected to experiments
Testing naive mice.

Foolish

Insignificant; trivial
Foolish little knickknacks.

Naive

Not having previously taken or received a particular drug
Patients naive to antipsychotic medication.

Foolish

(of a person, an action, etc.) Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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Naive

One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.

Foolish

Resembling or characteristic of a fool.

Naive

Lacking worldly experience, wisdom, or judgement; unsophisticated.

Foolish

Marked with, or exhibiting, folly; void of understanding; weak in intellect; without judgment or discretion; silly; unwise.
I am a very foolish fond old man.

Naive

Not having been exposed to something.
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Foolish

Such as a fool would do; proceeding from weakness of mind or silliness; exhibiting a want of judgment or discretion; as, a foolish act.

Naive

(of art) Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.

Foolish

Absurd; ridiculous; despicable; contemptible.
A foolish figure he must make.

Naive

Intuitive; designed to follow the way ordinary people approach a problem.

Foolish

Devoid of good sense or judgment;
Foolish remarks
A foolish decision

Naive

A naive person; a greenhorn.

Foolish

Having or revealing stupidity;
Ridiculous anserine behavior
A dopey answer
A dopey kid
Some fool idea about rewriting authors' books

Naive

Having native or unaffected simplicity; ingenuous; artless; frank; as, naïve manners; a naïve person; naïve and unsophisticated remarks.

Naive

Having a lack of knowledge, judgment, or experience; especially, lacking sophistication in judging the motives of others; credulous; as, a naive belief in the honesty of politicians.

Naive

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

Naive

Lacking experience of life;
A callow youth of seventeen

Naive

Lacking sophistication

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