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Naivete Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    naivete n : lack of sophistication or worldliness [syn: naivety, naiveness] [ant: sophistication]
    "Naivet'e" web1913 "Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)" Naivet'e \Na`["i]ve`t['e]"\, n. [F. See Na["i]ve, and cf. Nativity.] Native simplicity; unaffected plainness or ingenuousness; artlessness. A story which pleases me by its na["i]vet['e] -- that is, by its unconscious ingenuousness. --De Quincey.
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Naïve is a French loanword (adjective, form of naïf) indicating having or showing a lack of experience, understanding or sophistication; in early use, it meant natural or innocent, and did not connote ineptitude. The dots above the I are called a diaeresis (see also Ï); the alternative spelling, naive, is also typically correct.

In the sciences, and technical professions, it is used to refer to a lack of experience with a specific stimulus (e.g., an image, a drug, a method for solving math problems) and does not carry broader negative connotations about the individual. In computer science, a naive algorithm is one that is correct and simple, but not efficient, e.g. bubble sort for sorting or linear search to find a value in a list.

The noun form can be written naivety, naïvety, naïveté, naïvete, or naiveté.

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  • Frederick B. Chary Talks About Life Behind the Iron Curtain
    New Memoir Describes American’s Experiences in Cold War Era – Bulgaria (PRWeb August 28, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08ChutzpahandNaivete/prweb12131625.htm Read more on this news related to 'Naivete'
  • Israeli atrocities and the media bias
    There is a bit of naivete in expecting that media outlets, anywhere in the world, will “always” be publishing fair and unbiased stories about any topic they choose. Read more on this news related to 'Naivete'
  • 5 Things an Employment Lawyer Can Do (That You Probably Can't)
    Employers often prey on the naivete of employees when shorting them on pay, refusing benefits, or even firing them. An employment attorney can make sure that you're protected from any legal shenanigans your employer tries to pull, as well as clue you in to rights you didn't know you had. Read more on this news related to 'Naivete'

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