or na·ïve·té, na·ive·te
- the quality or state of being naive; natural or artless simplicity.
- a naive action, remark, etc.
Origin of naiveté
Related Words for naivetecandor, frankness, simplicity, inexperience, naturalness, openness, callowness, childishness, credulity, guilelessness, ingenuousness, gullibility
Examples from the Web for naivete
Contemporary Examples of naivete
Charges of naivete, cluelessness, and “nonsense demagoguery” were hurled back and forth.On CPAC Day 2, the Libertarian Wing Takes Over
March 8, 2014
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.Send in the Marines—and the Anthropologists too?
John Kael Weston
August 23, 2013
At times the optimism bordered on naivete, suggesting possible conflicts down the road.The Rebel Freshmen
November 15, 2010
Historical Examples of naivete
But there was a sort of freshness and naivete and youthfulness about her which made him use that adjective.We Two
In Mr. Collins we see much of the naivete of Suett and Blisset.
FitzHarry raves about her, and says her naivete is something too delicious.A Phyllis of the Sierras
He avows his policy with the naivete which makes the charm of his style as writer.The Parisians, Complete
Then she said with naivete "It was not a great sum to carry on a war with."Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Word Origin and History for naivete
1670s, from French naïveté, from Old French naiveté "genuineness, authenticity," literally "native disposition" (see naive). Englished form naivety is attested from 1708.