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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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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Naivete'


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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  • Brazil pays heavy price for tactical naivete, immaturity
    SAO PAULO - Brazil came into the World Cup expecting nothing less than victory but tactical naivety, a lack of emotional preparation and an inability to overcome the loss of two leading players cost them the chance of winning a sixth title. Read more on this news related to 'Naivete'
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    NO mistake for the high and mighty in knowing what it takes to be sick. Read more on this news related to 'Naivete'
  • Is This Thing On? Why Social Media Keeps Taking Down Media Celebs
    It isn't censorship that does in stars like Anthony Cumia. It's a weird combination of entitlement and naivete about how media works now. Read more on this news related to 'Naivete'

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