Definition of naiveté in US English:

naiveté

(also naivety, naïveté)

noun

  • 1Lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.

    ‘the administration's naiveté and inexperience in foreign policy’
    • ‘Their worldly wise cynicism is actually at best naiveté and at worst dereliction.’
    • ‘A lack of sophistication is important, as is a naiveté about story construction.’
    • ‘We may be inexperienced but naivety is not a characteristic we possess in abundance.’
    • ‘Behind their glowing reports of great blessing is a terrible shortsightedness and naiveté that threatens to undermine historical Christianity in this part of the world.’
    • ‘There is a naiveté on behalf of people who drive trucks, that the vehicle is only built to carry so much weight, but there is economic interest for hauliers to increase their load.’
    • ‘Such naiveté engenders its own array of contradictory attitudes and emotions, including guilt, hypocrisy, and envy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The charge that supermarkets are motivated by the desire to generate enormous profits points to a naivety about the business world.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Such naiveté proved to be a boon for hungry humans who began arriving on ships in the sixteenth century, as well as for the monkeys, pigs, cats and rats they brought with them.’
    • ‘A palpable naiveté seems to come with the territory - a sense that one's learned duty is to foster reassurance in the prevailing structures, and confidence in their guardians.’
    • ‘And, one imagines, also sheltered by a large, extended family and a devout faith, raised by parents who reveal their own naiveté by inviting unknown panhandlers to work on their home.’
    • ‘Her naiveté about his motives places her in a precarious financial position - she ends up owing him $9000, which she intends to pay back at any cost.’
    • ‘The most striking characteristic of this debate about morality and politics is its naivety.’
    • ‘The parliamentary party demonstrated its naivety when it returned in boisterous mood after the general election, having gained more than 30 seats.’
    • ‘What I really hate is the child-like naiveté of some scientists who really ought to know better.’
    • ‘We will always think that the older generation doesn't understand, and they will likewise always shake their heads at the naiveté of those who come after them.’
    • ‘To some people, this will seem an unwarranted naivety about the power of free speech in civil society to weed out cultural oppression.’
    • ‘A high degree of naiveté and lack of organizational development for cross-border business was evident.’
    • ‘It is a gross naivety on the part of the Government to presume that the impact of this measure will not increase student debt.’
    • ‘Like flat-earthers and creationists, libertarians glorify their scientific naiveté by labeling it transcendental insight.’
    • ‘Robert shook his head at my naiveté. ‘They had to get the poor people out so they could get the space.’’
    • ‘Your editorial last week showed a naivety bordering on crass stupidity when you argued that smoking in pubs should be a matter of choice.’
    • ‘Please forgive my naivety and my inexperience, but I'm trying!’
    • ‘There is such a lot of naivety about drugs and alcohol - I think they should have the facts.’
    • ‘Therefore, a certain naiveté, unburdened by conventional wisdom, can sometimes be a positive asset.’
    • ‘But anything more general just smacks, to me, of a naivety about the historical construction of the nation-state.’
    • ‘A black undercover agent penetrated the group, egged its members on, played on their political naiveté and inexperience.’
    innocence, lack of sophistication, lack of experience, ingenuousness, guilelessness, lack of guile, unworldliness, childlikeness, trustfulness, simplicity, naturalness
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    1. 1.1 Innocence or unsophistication.
      ‘they took advantage of his naiveté and deep pockets’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And memories of one's naivety are always painful.’
      • ‘I loved the very air of innocence and naivety that this place held.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was famous for portraying naïvety and innocence on stage, qualities far removed from her real-life personality.’
      • ‘My optimism and naiveté evaporated within hours.’
      • ‘As I write it now, of course, I see the incredible naiveté and insularity of our worlds, but that was just the way things were for upper middle class 18-year-olds in 1986.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's the same in conversation: upfront, honest, serious to the point of naivety in some instances and quietly funny in others.’
      • ‘Let's not give the impression that we are entering into this with dewy-eyed naivety.’
      • ‘They could all play and sing really well but had a naivety and willingness to learn and improve.’
      • ‘He deliberately chose not to involve them, but to take advantage of his aunt's naiveté in business matters.’
      • ‘I wanted to show the very fine line between innocence, naivety and denial.’
      • ‘The account has a particular directness, a delightful naivety, and an enormous sense of authenticity.’
      • ‘I missed the excited talk of last year where our eagerness and innocent naivety overruled our sense of logic and sensibility.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, he is a compulsive liar whose naivety and innocence allows him to get away with the most convoluted stories.’
      • ‘The simple fact of their asking for a ‘promise’, a thing so almost childlike in its innocence and naiveté, should tell us that they are vulnerable and hurting.’
      • ‘In fact, when he speaks of naiveté he is not speaking of childish innocence - which is directly bound up with curiosity about the world and the desire to know.’
      • ‘Some writers can spell and punctuate; some can't. Some writers will reveal a lifetime of experience; some will display a youthful naivety.’
      • ‘He described his own school days as magical and full of innocence and naivety.’
      • ‘At 19, one of his greatest strengths is his naivety, his lack of fear.’
      • ‘Still, although he certainly has a voice, the literary cost of his boyish naivety is that he is somewhat empty as a character.’
      • ‘He ate it with the innocence and naiveté of a child, whilst Dan and I laughed hysterically causing him to get paranoid.’
      • ‘It would be the height of naiveté, or something less innocent, to pretend that business interests do not impinge on the way crashes are investigated and reported to the public.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Watching the girl work out the world of adult manipulation, knowing she is losing whatever innocence and naiveté she had, you can't help rooting for her.’
      • ‘The young woman and the old woman between them illustrate the chasms between hope and disillusionment, between naivety and experience.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from French naïveté, from naïf, -ive (see naive).

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