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)

Example Sentences

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 26 Nov. 2022.

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