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naiveté

or na·ïve·té, na·ive·te

[nah-eev-tey, -ee-vuh-tey, -eev-tey, -ee-vuh-]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being naive; natural or artless simplicity.
  2. a naive action, remark, etc.
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Origin of naiveté

1665–75; < French; see naive, ity2
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Word Origin and History for naivete

n.

1670s, from French naïveté, from Old French naiveté "genuineness, authenticity," literally "native disposition" (see naive). Englished form naivety is attested from 1708.

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