or na·ïve·té, na·ive·te
Origin of naiveté
Examples from the Web for naivete
Charges of naivete, cluelessness, and “nonsense demagoguery” were hurled back and forth.
Our naivete would soon force me to make a decision that would tip the balance of the campaign.
In our naivete, we sometimes go rushing in where angels fear to tread.
The program began to teeter under the weight of its own outsized expectations, questionable staffing decisions, and naivete.
At times the optimism bordered on naivete, suggesting possible conflicts down the road.
"And he'll walk before me," responded Theodose with a naivete that touched the old maid.The Lesser Bourgeoisie|Honore de Balzac
Aladdin, talking eagerly and with the naivete of a child, wondered why he had never liked this man so much before.Aladdin O'Brien|Gouverneur Morris
All this she said with a charming air of naivete which enraptured while it grieved and convinced me.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe|Edgar Allan Poe
His naivete and innocence had been abused; and abominable things had gone on under his roof without his knowledge.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete|Emile Zola
But all he said was so prettily sedate, and the naivete of his youthful egotism was so obvious, that he disarmed his hearers.War and Peace|Leo Tolstoy
1670s, from French naïveté, from Old French naiveté "genuineness, authenticity," literally "native disposition" (see naive). Englished form naivety is attested from 1708.