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naïveté

noun na·ïve·té \nä-ˌēv-ˈtā, -ˌē-və-; nä-ˈēv-ˌtā, -ˈē-və-; nī-\

Definition of naïveté

  1. 1 :  a naive remark or action

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being naive



Examples of naïveté

  1. <her naïveté led her to leave her new car unlocked while she shopped at the mall>

  2. <though he was streetwise, the investigative reporter regularly assumed an air of naïveté when he was interviewing confidence men, charlatans, counterfeiters, and other assorted swindlers of the general public>



Variants of naïveté

also na·ive·teplay or na·ive·té \nä-ˌēv-ˈtā, -ˌē-və-; nä-ˈēv-ˌtā, -ˈē-və-; nī-\

Origin of naïveté

French naïveté, from Old French, inborn character, from naif


First Known Use: 1673


Learn More about naïveté

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "naïveté"


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