naivete naivete  /nɑ ˌi və ˈteɪ/


  • (n) lack of sophistication or worldliness



  1. He was an engaging combination of sass and sweetness and naivete.
  2. What I would be guilty of, however, is gross naivete and wishful thinking.
  3. Hitler also counted on Stalin's naivete.


  • With Bradshaw gone, Wilson and Brown set to share load in the Giants backfield

    At the end of last year, Ahmad Bradshaw knew his sixth season with the Giants might be his last. The veteran running back told rookie David Wilson it would likely be the case, but naivete prevailed. “I was surprised. I really wasn’t expecting that,” Wilson told The Post of...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New York Post


  1. John McCain, the Republican nominee in waiting, said Obama was showing "naivete and inexperience and lack of judgment" in his willingness to meet with US foes.
    on May 15, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Forbes

  2. "I think they illustrate the diversity of opinion," Amaechi said. "Some of them illustrate a great deal of naivete, and an oversimplification of the issue. And some of them don't speak with much thought at all. But there are some really...
    on Feb 12, 2007 By: John Amaechi Source: Forbes

  3. "He's robotic and not quite in control of his form, his human form," said co-star Elizabeth Banks. "Eddie's performance, he has a lot of naivete about the world around him. He comes off as being extremely strange and odd, and that naivete...
    on Apr 21, 2008 By: Elizabeth Banks Source: Urbana Daily Citizen

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