Naivet'e Na`["i]ve`t['e]", n. [F. See {Na["i]ve}, and cf. {Nativity}.] The state or quality of being naive. [1913 Webster +PJC]

A story which pleases me by its na["i]vet['e] -- that is, by its unconscious ingenuousness. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] n.

1. lack of sophistication or worldliness.

Syn: naivete, naiveness. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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