Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Naivete'
n : lack of sophistication or worldliness [syn: naivety, naiveness]
"Naivet'e" web1913 "Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)"
Naivet'e \Na`["i]ve`t['e]"\, n. [F. See Na["i]ve, and cf.
Native simplicity; unaffected plainness or ingenuousness;
A story which pleases me by its na["i]vet['e] -- that
is, by its unconscious ingenuousness. --De Quincey.
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.[See more about Naivete at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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