Root Word of the Day: NAIVE

naive (verb) – lacking worldly experience or judgement; unsophisticated; childlike
BREAKDOWN: NA[T]- (birth) + -IVE (state of)
naiveté is a lack of sophistication or judgement; artlessness; gullibility
— a naïf is someone who is naive or unsophisticated


This word is built on the root NAT-, which means birth or born.
Common NAT- words include international, nation, native, nature, pregnant, and puny.
More esoteric NAT- words include adnate, connate, and perinatal.

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