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Naivete Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • lack of sophistication or worldliness

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  • lack of sophistication or worldliness

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Naivete Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Naïve (pronounce: "na-EEV") is a French word which is used in English to mean that someone is very simple and does not understand about the dangers around them. Someone who is naïve does not have enough experience of life to know about things he or she ought to know. Very often they may be very trusting, not realizing that some people in the world are evil.

The word is sometimes spelt in English without the French double dot on the letter i: "naive". It is an adjective. The noun is naiveté, but is sometimes spelt naïvety in English. It is similar in meaning to the word "innocent", but it is always bad to be naive (because it is dangerous), whereas it can be nice to be innocent like a child, because then there are no worries.

The word naive is used in other special ways in the arts and sciences. It often means "lack of experience", but it does not necessarily mean it in a critical way.

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Naivete Sample Sentences in News

  • Ernie Pellegrino: Demands of young blacks show naivete
    Dear Editor: The demands made upon the Madison Police Department by the so-called Young Gifted and Black Coalition show a significant level of naivete and lack of knowledge, at least in part d… Read more on this news related to 'Naivete'
  • Paterno loses, despite regaining record
    Joe Paterno was a great man whose only sin was ignorance and naivete when a serial child-molester lurked in his midst. Read more on this news related to 'Naivete'
  • CalPERS Board Discussion of Fees Exposes Naivete, Misguided Aim of Fee Reduction Effort
    Today, the Financial Times has a prominent article on how the giant public pension fund and private equity investing heavyweight CalPERS has a new push on to reduce the fees that it pays to private equity firms. This would all be salutary, except that a board meeting in December exposed that CalPERS's staff has an unduly narrow conceptualization of the charges Read more on this news related to 'Naivete'

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