(also naïvety, naiveté)
noun (plural naiveties)[mass noun]
- 1Lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement: his appalling naivety in going to the pressMore example sentences
innocence, lack of sophistication, lack of experience, ingenuousness, guilelessness, lack of guile, unworldliness, childlikeness, trustfulness, simplicity, naturalness; gullibility, credulousness, credulity, over-trustfulness, lack of suspicion, blind faith, immaturity, callowness, greenness, ignorance
- I wouldn't really want to speculate on the level of naivety or lack of naivety.
- Is this the voice of experience or eager naivety?
- We may be inexperienced but naivety is not a characteristic we possess in abundance.
- 1.1Innocence or unsophistication: the charm and naivety of the early to mid fiftiesMore example sentences
- Unfortunately, he is a compulsive liar whose naivety and innocence allows him to get away with the most convoluted stories.
- I loved the very air of innocence and naivety that this place held.
- I wanted to show the very fine line between innocence, naivety and denial.
- 1.2 [count noun] A naive act.More example sentences
- One does not find in this volume the naiveties which used to mark tourism analysis.
late 17th century: from French naïveté, from naïf, -ive (see naive).