na·​ive·​ty | \ nä-ˈē-və-tē How to pronounce naivety (audio) , -ˈēv-tē, nī- \
variants: or less commonly naïvety
plural naiveties

Definition of naivety

chiefly British
: naïveté If he compromised himself, then it was because of his political ignorance and naivety.The Times Literary Supplement (London)

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Examples of naivety in a Sentence

the contention that the royal family took advantage of the young Diana's naivety
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First Known Use of naivety

1708, in the meaning defined above

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“Naivety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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