Na`["i]ve`t['e]"\, n. [F. See Na["i]ve, and cf. Nativity.] Native simplicity; unaffected plainness or ingenuousness; artlessness.

A story which pleases me by its na["i]vet['e] -- that is, by its unconscious ingenuousness. --De Quincey.
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