Definition of naively in English:

naively

(also naïvely)

adverb

  • In a way that shows a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement.

    ‘I naively thought having wealth would bring happiness’
    as submodifier ‘a naively optimistic vision of the future’
    • ‘Kevin naively asks her at the beginning of their relationship to type a manuscript for him.’
    • ‘Is that not being naively ambitious given the slow machinery of bureaucracy?’
    • ‘Maybe that is just my experience; perhaps much of the country is repressed and I am naively unaware.’
    • ‘I also naively assumed that the schedules would help instructors plan classes for the various age groups.’
    • ‘Some people would have been naively hopeful that something of the truth would emerge from this.’
    • ‘The style is direct, almost naively simple.’
    • ‘Maybe they naively believe that disputes among allies will quickly evaporate.’
    • ‘We found that nature behaves different than what we - perhaps naively - expected.’
    • ‘Interestingly, we are not offered a naively romantic picture of her mother's success.’
    • ‘I knew the answer to this naively stupid question.’

Pronunciation

naively

/nʌɪˈiːvli/