Innocent vs. Naive

Innocent vs. Naive — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Innocent and Naive

Innocentadjective

Uncorrupted by evil, malice, or wrongdoing; sinless

an innocent child.

Naiveadjective

Simple and guileless; artless

a child with a naive charm.

Innocentadjective

Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; legally blameless

was innocent of all charges.

Naiveadjective

Unsuspecting or credulous

naive victims of the scam.

Innocentadjective

Within, allowed by, or sanctioned by the law; lawful.

Naiveadjective

Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment

"this extravagance of metaphors, with its naive bombast" (H.L. Mencken).

Innocentadjective

Not dangerous or harmful; innocuous

an innocent prank.

Naiveadjective

Not previously subjected to experiments

testing naive mice.

Innocentadjective

Candid; straightforward

a child's innocent stare.

Naiveadjective

Not having previously taken or received a particular drug

patients naive to antipsychotic medication.

Innocentadjective

Not experienced or worldly; naive.

Naivenoun

One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.

Innocentadjective

Betraying or suggesting no deception or guile; artless.

Naiveadjective

Lacking worldly experience, wisdom, or judgement; unsophisticated.

Innocentadjective

Not exposed to or familiar with something specified; ignorant

American tourists wholly innocent of French.

Naiveadjective

Not having been exposed to something.

Innocentadjective

Unaware

She remained innocent of the complications she had caused.

Naiveadjective

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

Innocentadjective

Lacking, deprived, or devoid of something

a novel innocent of literary merit.

Naiveadjective

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

Innocentnoun

A person, especially a child, who is free of evil or sin.

Naivenoun

A naive person; a greenhorn.

Innocentnoun

A simple, guileless, inexperienced, or unsophisticated person.

Naiveadjective

marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience;

a teenager's naive ignorance of lifethe naive assumption that things can only get betterthis naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances

Innocentnoun

A very young child.

Naiveadjective

lacking experience of life;

a callow youth of seventeen

Innocentadjective

Free from guilt, sin, or immorality.

Naiveadjective

lacking sophistication

Innocentadjective

Bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act.

Innocentadjective

Naive; artless.

Innocentadjective

(obsolete) Not harmful; innocuous; harmless.

an innocent medicine or remedy

Innocentadjective

(with of) Having no knowledge (of something).

Innocentadjective

(with of) Lacking (something).

Innocentadjective

Lawful; permitted.

an innocent trade

Innocentadjective

Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture.

innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation

Innocentnoun

One who is innocent, especially a young child.

The slaughter of the innocents was a significant event in the New Testament.

Innocentnoun

(obsolete) A harmless simple-minded person; an idiot.

Innocentnoun

a person who lacks knowledge of evil

Innocentadjective

free from evil or guilt;

an innocent childthe principle that one is innocent until proved guilty

Innocentadjective

lacking intent or capacity to injure;

an innocent prank

Innocentadjective

free from sin

Innocentadjective

lacking in sophistication or worldliness;

a child's innocent starehis ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it

Innocentadjective

used of things; lacking sense or awareness;

ignorant hopefine innocent weather