(also naïveté , British naivety)
- 1Lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment: the administration’s naiveté and inexperience in foreign policyMore example sentences
- A high degree of naiveté and lack of organizational development for cross-border business was evident.
- A black undercover agent penetrated the group, egged its members on, played on their political naiveté and inexperience.
- A lack of sophistication is important, as is a naiveté about story construction.
- 1.1Innocence or unsophistication: they took advantage of his naiveté and deep pocketsMore example sentences
- The simple fact of their asking for a ‘promise’, a thing so almost childlike in its innocence and naiveté, should tell us that they are vulnerable and hurting.
- Watching the girl work out the world of adult manipulation, knowing she is losing whatever innocence and naiveté she had, you can't help rooting for her.
- He ate it with the innocence and naiveté of a child, whilst Dan and I laughed hysterically causing him to get paranoid.
late 17th century: from French naïveté, from naïf, -ive (see naive).