Definition of naiveté in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnäˌēvəˈtā/
Pronunciation: /näˈēv(ə)ˌtā/
(also naïveté , British naivety)


1Lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment: the administration’s naiveté and inexperience in foreign policy
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  • 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 pockets
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  • 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).

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Syllabification: na·ive·té

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