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 for naive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  naive \na*ive"\, naive \na*["i]ve"\(n[aum]*[=e]v"), a. [F.
     na["i]f, fem. na["i]ve, fr. L. nativus innate, natural,
     native. See Native, and cf. Na["i]f.]
     1. Having native or unaffected simplicity; ingenuous;
        artless; frank; as, na["i]ve manners; a na["i]ve person;
        na["i]ve and unsophisticated remarks.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. 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.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  naive
      adj 1: 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" [syn:
             naive, naif] [ant: sophisticated]
      2: of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive
         in style; "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is
         often colorful and striking" [syn: primitive, naive]
      3: inexperienced
      4: lacking information or instruction; "lamentably unenlightened
         as to the laws" [syn: uninstructed, unenlightened,
         naive]
      5: not initiated; deficient in relevant experience; "it seemed a
         bizarre ceremony to uninitiated western eyes"; "he took part
         in the experiment as a naive subject" [syn: uninitiate,
         uninitiated, naive]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  116 Moby Thesaurus words for "naive":
     artless, awkward, befoolable, blankminded, bluff, blunt,
     born yesterday, budding, callow, candid, childlike, confiding,
     credulous, cullible, deceivable, deludable, dependent, depending,
     dewy, direct, dumb, dupable, easy, empty, empty-headed,
     exploitable, foolable, frank, fresh, gauche, green, groping,
     growing, guileless, gullible, hoaxable, hoodwinkable, humbugable,
     ignorant, immature, impubic, inane, inexperienced, ingenu,
     ingenuous, innocent, intact, juicy, know-nothing, minor, nescient,
     new-fledged, open, openhearted, original, outspoken, persuadable,
     plain, raw, reliant, relying, ripening, sappy, seduceable, simple,
     simplehearted, simpleminded, sincere, single-hearted,
     single-minded, soft, strange to, susceptible, tender, tentative,
     trustful, trusting, trusty, unacquainted, unadult, unaffected,
     unapprized, unartificial, uncomprehending, unconversant, underage,
     undeveloped, unenlightened, unfamiliar, unfledged, unformed,
     unguarded, unilluminated, uninformed, uninitiated, unintelligent,
     unknowing, unlicked, unmellowed, unposted, unreserved, unripe,
     unschooled, unseasoned, unsophisticated, unstudied, unsure,
     unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unversed, unwary, vacuous, vernal,
     victimizable, virginal, without suspicion
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  naive
   adj.
  
      1. Untutored in the perversities of some particular program or system; one
      who still tries to do things in an intuitive way, rather than the right way
      (in really good designs these coincide, but most designs aren't ?really
      good? in the appropriate sense). This trait is completely unrelated to
      general maturity or competence, or even competence at any other specific
      program. It is a sad commentary on the primitive state of computing that
      the natural opposite of this term is often claimed to be experienced user
      but is really more like cynical user.
  
      2. Said of an algorithm that doesn't take advantage of some superior but
      advanced technique, e.g., the bubble sort. It may imply naivete on the
      part of the programmer, although there are situations where a naive
      algorithm is preferred, because it is more important to keep the code
      comprehensible than to go for maximum performance. ?I know the linear
      search is naive, but in this case the list typically only has half a dozen
      items.? Compare brute force.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  naive
  
     Untutored in the perversities of some particular program or
     system; one who still tries to do things in an intuitive way,
     rather than the right way (in really good designs these
     coincide, but most designs aren't "really good" in the
     appropriate sense).  This trait is completely unrelated to
     general maturity or competence or even competence at any other
     specific program.  It is a sad commentary on the primitive
     state of computing that the natural opposite of this term is
     often claimed to be "experienced user" but is really more like
     "cynical user".
  
     (1994-11-29)
  

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