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or na·ïve·té  (nī′ēv-tā′, nä′-, nī-ē′vĭ-tā′, nä-)
1. The state or quality of being inexperienced or unsophisticated, especially in being artless, credulous, or uncritical.
2. An artless, credulous, or uncritical statement or act.

[French naïveté, from Old French naivete, native disposition, from naif, artless; see naive.]


or na•ïve•té or na•ive•te

(nɑ ivˈteɪ, -ˌi vəˈteɪ, -ˈiv teɪ, -ˈi və-)

1. the quality or state of being naive; unaffected simplicity.
2. a naive action, remark, etc.
[1665–75; < French; see naive, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.naivete - lack of sophistication or worldliness
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
artlessness, ingenuousness, innocence, naturalness - the quality of innocent naivete
credulousness, gullibility - tendency to believe too readily and therefore to be easily deceived
simple mindedness, simpleness, simplicity - a lack of penetration or subtlety; "they took advantage of her simplicity"
mundaneness, mundanity, worldliness, sophistication - the quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated and worldly through cultivation or experience or disillusionment


naivety [naɪˈiːvtɪ] Ningenuidad f, candor m


naivety [naɪˈiːvəteɪ] nnaïveté f


, naïvety
nNaivität f; (of person also)Einfalt f


[ˌnɑːiːvˈteɪ] naivety [naɪˈiːvtɪ] ningenuità f inv
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