na·​ive·​ty nä-ˈē-və-tē How to pronounce naivety (audio)
variants or less commonly naïvety
plural naiveties
chiefly British
: naïveté
If he compromised himself, then it was because of his political ignorance and naivety.The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Examples of naivety in a Sentence

the contention that the royal family took advantage of the young Diana's naivety
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Word History

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of naivety was in 1708

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“Naivety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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