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1[mass noun] Lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement:‘his appalling naivety in going to the press’
innocence, lack of sophistication, lack of experience, ingenuousness, guilelessness, lack of guile, unworldliness, childlikeness, trustfulness, simplicity, naturalnessgullibility, credulousness, credulity, over-trustfulness, lack of suspicion, blind faith, immaturity, callowness, greenness, ignoranceView synonyms
- ‘There is such a lot of naivety about drugs and alcohol - I think they should have the facts.’
- ‘The most striking characteristic of this debate about morality and politics is its naivety.’
- ‘Please forgive my naivety and my inexperience, but I'm trying!’
- ‘It is a gross naivety on the part of the Government to presume that the impact of this measure will not increase student debt.’
- ‘I wouldn't really want to speculate on the level of naivety or lack of naivety.’
- ‘Is this the voice of experience or eager naivety?’
- ‘The parliamentary party demonstrated its naivety when it returned in boisterous mood after the general election, having gained more than 30 seats.’
- ‘The charge that supermarkets are motivated by the desire to generate enormous profits points to a naivety about the business world.’
- ‘To some people, this will seem an unwarranted naivety about the power of free speech in civil society to weed out cultural oppression.’
- ‘Your editorial last week showed a naivety bordering on crass stupidity when you argued that smoking in pubs should be a matter of choice.’
- ‘But anything more general just smacks, to me, of a naivety about the historical construction of the nation-state.’
- ‘We may be inexperienced but naivety is not a characteristic we possess in abundance.’
- ‘Such optimism is either gross naivety - like a woman who keeps going back to an abusive partner, convinced that this time he'll change - or inspiringly positive.’
- 1.1 Innocence or unsophistication:‘the charm and naivety of the early to mid fifties’
- ‘He's the same in conversation: upfront, honest, serious to the point of naivety in some instances and quietly funny in others.’
- ‘Still, although he certainly has a voice, the literary cost of his boyish naivety is that he is somewhat empty as a character.’
- ‘You may very well accuse me of being a naïve fool, but don't confuse naivety with hope, I may be thirty seven tomorrow but I can still hope…… there is a happy land.’
- ‘I missed the excited talk of last year where our eagerness and innocent naivety overruled our sense of logic and sensibility.’
- ‘Some writers can spell and punctuate; some can't. Some writers will reveal a lifetime of experience; some will display a youthful naivety.’
- ‘At 19, one of his greatest strengths is his naivety, his lack of fear.’
- ‘They could all play and sing really well but had a naivety and willingness to learn and improve.’
- ‘The young woman and the old woman between them illustrate the chasms between hope and disillusionment, between naivety and experience.’
- ‘Unfortunately, he is a compulsive liar whose naivety and innocence allows him to get away with the most convoluted stories.’
- ‘I wanted to show the very fine line between innocence, naivety and denial.’
- ‘But I always have the sneaking feeling that the minute I go out the door, they are making ‘what a loony’ signs to each other and generally mocking me for my naivety.’
- ‘Are we seeing genuine awkwardness here, or a naivety being deliberately and humorously deployed - and does she know the difference, or care much either way?’
- ‘She was famous for portraying naïvety and innocence on stage, qualities far removed from her real-life personality.’
- ‘The account has a particular directness, a delightful naivety, and an enormous sense of authenticity.’
- ‘And memories of one's naivety are always painful.’
- ‘Walking down what used to be bustling Ivegate, I saw all the white splodges on the flags and in my naivety thought they were the results of the flocks of starlings that used to roost in Bradford.’
- ‘He described his own school days as magical and full of innocence and naivety.’
- ‘There's a certain naivety to the world with us, and also a feeling that we are kind of in our own little world where the rules are slightly different.’
- ‘Let's not give the impression that we are entering into this with dewy-eyed naivety.’
- ‘I loved the very air of innocence and naivety that this place held.’
- 1.2[count noun] A naive act.
- ‘One does not find in this volume the naiveties which used to mark tourism analysis.’
Late 17th century: from French naïveté, from naïf, -ive (see naive).
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