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[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.
Also, naïveté, naivete.
Origin of naiveté
1665-75; < French; see naive, ity2 Unabridged
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  • The amount of naivete out there is not limited to people with business degrees.
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  • However, your naivete and lack of understanding of the fossil fuel industry and business in general is staggering.
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  • Some of the defenses of ethnic studies are shocking in their naivete.
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  • The level of naivete on display here by certain commenters is truly astounding.
  • Further, this naivete is not limited to the human brain.
  • It might be naivete to place a sovereign country's defense in peaceful co-operation.
  • Those claiming to be shocked are shocking for their naivete.
British Dictionary definitions for naiveté


noun (pl) -ties, -tés
the state or quality of being naive; ingenuousness; simplicity
a naive act or statement
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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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