Definition of naivety in English:

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Pronunciation: /nʌɪˈiːvti/
Pronunciation: /nɑːˈiːvti/
(also naïvety, naiveté)

noun (plural naiveties)

[mass noun]
1Lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement: his appalling naivety in going to the press
More example sentences
  • 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.
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
1.1Innocence or unsophistication: the charm and naivety of the early to mid fifties
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  • 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.
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).

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