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)

Keep scrolling for more

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

Kelsey’s naivety in handling the incident puts her in peril when Claire convinces her to take down the Vice President by falsely linking him to Tom’s death, an event that Claire herself caused. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "House of Cards' Final Season Is About Women Gaining Power—at the Expense of Other Women," 10 Nov. 2018 True love is a wise change agent that leans on the better angels without naivety. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Reading List for Reconsidering the Fourth of July in 2018," 3 July 2018 Soprano Lisa Williamson believably brought to life the innocence, naivety, and wonder of the child narrator. Jessica Rudman,, "HSO Wraps Up Masterworks Season With Impressive Collaboratin," 9 June 2018 In previous World Cups, African sides - not least Cameroon and Nigeria - had been notable for a combination of attacking flair and defensive naivety., "World Cup Countdown: 6 Days to Go - Ghana Denied Semi Final Place by Cynical & Clinical Uruguay," 8 June 2018 But at the end of a chastening 90 minutes, Di Francesco was left to rue his words as Liverpool ruthlessly exploited the visitors' defensive weakness and tactical naivety. Stevens Griffiths,, "Three things we learned from Liverpool v Roma," 24 Apr. 2018 Thanks to Beckham's hot-headed naivety and Simeone's cynicism, England were now in a dire predicament., "World Cup Countdown: 5 Weeks to Go - England Fall to Argentina Despite Teen Sensation's Wonder Goal," 17 May 2018 And older adults seem to enjoy seeing the energy, humor and endearing naivety of other generations. Jackie Pilossoph,, "Column: North Shore social club focuses on helping seniors — but welcomes their kids, too," 2 May 2018 Both sides will claim the moral high ground and criticize the naivety of opposing arguments. Phillip Morris,, "America's gun reckoning continues six years after the Chardon High School attack: Phillip Morris," 28 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'naivety.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of naivety

1708, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about naivety

Dictionary Entries near naivety


naïve realism






Statistics for naivety

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for naivety

The first known use of naivety was in 1708

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on naivety

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for naivety

Nglish: Translation of naivety for Spanish Speakers

Comments on naivety

What made you want to look up naivety? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a haphazard or makeshift solution

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!