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
Recent Examples on the Web To believe that, say, Verizon, Ford, or Walgreens pulled their ads from Facebook because of reputational risk requires a remarkable amount of naivety. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Dangers of ‘Stakeholder Capitalism’," 25 Aug. 2020 Today the airplane scene carries information that wasn’t apparent in the Seventies: that America’s assassination problem was really just a security problem, which in turn was a naivety problem. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Political Noir for the Age of Assassination," 14 Aug. 2020 The cheerful, topknot-wearing cherub is more likely to invoke thoughts of whimsy or naivety. USA Today, "Who is your Woman of the Century?," 13 Aug. 2020 Indeed, handwringing about Madonna’s influence on Gaga—handwringing rooted in sexism and naivety about the referential nature of pop—are exactly the sort of celebrity-narrative nonsense Gaga wants to transcend with Chromatica. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Lady Gaga Is Back and Smaller Than Ever," 1 June 2020 Love used that moment from his past, one where the reporter scoffed at his naivety, as a metaphor for the graduates who are dealing with predictions of future doom as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Love delivers powerful commencement speech to Class of 2020, encourages them to find ‘North Star’ and write own story," 29 May 2020 As my exit visa failed to materialise, my naivety dawned on me. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 From this improbable, captivating incident, which reflects Issa’s boredom as much as his naivety, flow a series of devastating events that end childhood innocence and expose the muscular friction of daily life in the French banlieues. The Economist, "Sounding the alarm A new wave of French films tackle social problems and taboos," 6 Feb. 2020 As the spy games become more complex and sophisticated, blunt crackdowns and blanket suspicions may be as damaging to Western societies—and the rights of innocent people—as naivety is to national security. The Economist, "The shape-shifting threat of Chinese espionage," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of naivety

1708, in the meaning defined above

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“Naivety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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