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or naïveté, naivete

[nah-eev-tey, -ee-vuh-tey, -eev-tey, -ee-vuh-] /nɑ ivˈteɪ, -ˌi vəˈteɪ, -ˈiv teɪ, -ˈi və-/
the quality or state of being naive; natural or artless simplicity.
a naive action, remark, etc.
Origin of naiveté
1665-75; < French; see naive, ity2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is some years since we read these songs, but their naiveté, tenderness, and frolic humor are still fresh in our memory.

  • He shot her a covert glance—causelessly, for her naiveté was flawless.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He thought of Hilda separately, and he looked for her upon the boards with the naiveté of a desire to see the woman he knew.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • He admitted the naiveté of the ageing man, his vanity, his sentimentality.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • Gregory continued to be amused by what he felt to be Miss Woodruff's naiveté.

    Tante Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Word Origin and History for naiveté



1670s, from French naïveté, from Old French naiveté "genuineness, authenticity," literally "native disposition" (see naive). Englished form naivety is attested from 1708.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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