naiveté

or na·ïve·té, na·ive·te

[ nah-eev-tey, -ee-vuh-tey, -eev-tey, -ee-vuh- ]
/ nɑ ivˈteɪ, -ˌi vəˈteɪ, -ˈiv teɪ, -ˈi və- /

noun

the quality or state of being naive; natural or artless simplicity.
a naive action, remark, etc.

Nearby words

  1. naissant,
  2. naive,
  3. naive realism,
  4. naivete,
  5. naivety,
  6. najaf,
  7. najd,
  8. nakasone,
  9. nakasone, yasuhiro,
  10. nake

Origin of naiveté

1665–75; < French; see naive, ity2

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Word Origin and History for naivete

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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