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naiveté

[nah-eev-tey, -ee-vuh-tey, -eev-tey, -ee-vuh-] /nɑ ivˈteɪ, -ˌi vəˈteɪ, -ˈiv teɪ, -ˈi və-/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being naive; natural or artless simplicity.
2.
a naive action, remark, etc.
Origin of naiveté
1665-1675
1665-75; < French; see naive, ity2
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naivety

/naɪˈiːvtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties, -tés
1.
the state or quality of being naive; ingenuousness; simplicity
2.
a naive act or statement
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Word Origin and History for naiveté

naivete

n.

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

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