from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being inexperienced or unsophisticated, especially in being artless, credulous, or uncritical.
  • n. An artless, credulous, or uncritical statement or act.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of naïveté.


French naïveté, from Old French naivete, native disposition, from naif, artless; see naive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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