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Naïve is a French loanword (adjective, form of naïf) indicating having or showing a lack of experience, understanding or sophistication. The dots above the I are called a trema (see also Ï). In the sciences, it is used to refer to a lack of experience with a specific stimulus (e.g., an image, a drug, a method for solving math problems) and does not carry broader negative connotations about the individual. It can also be spelled naive. The noun form can be written naivety, naïvety, naïveté, naïvete, or naiveté.

Naïve may also refer to:

  • Naïve art, art created by untrained artists, or artists aspiring to naïve realisations
  • Naïve realism, a theory of perception thought to be representative of most people's understanding and method of interpretation of their perceptions
  • Naïve algorithm, a very simple solution to a problem that has a very high time- or memory- complexity
  • Naive Bayes classifier, a simple probabilistic classifier
  • Naive set theory, a non-axiomatic approach to set theory, in mathematics
  • Drug-naïve, a patient who has not previously used a particular drug (e.g., an opioid) during a particular course of treatment, and therefore has no tolerance; or someone who has not been exposed previously to an antigen
  • Ecological naïvete, the habit of inexperienced animals not fearing predators

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