Meaning of naivety in English:

naivety

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nounnaiveties

mass noun
  • 1Lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement.

    ‘his appalling naivety in going to the press’
    • ‘I wouldn't really want to speculate on the level of naivety or lack of naivety.’
    • ‘Is this the voice of experience or eager naivety?’
    • ‘We may be inexperienced but naivety is not a characteristic we possess in abundance.’
    • ‘Please forgive my naivety and my inexperience, but I'm trying!’
    • ‘The most striking characteristic of this debate about morality and politics is its naivety.’
    • ‘There is such a lot of naivety about drugs and alcohol - I think they should have the facts.’
    • ‘Such optimism is either gross naivety - like a woman who keeps going back to an abusive partner, convinced that this time he'll change - or inspiringly positive.’
    • ‘The parliamentary party demonstrated its naivety when it returned in boisterous mood after the general election, having gained more than 30 seats.’
    • ‘Your editorial last week showed a naivety bordering on crass stupidity when you argued that smoking in pubs should be a matter of choice.’
    • ‘The charge that supermarkets are motivated by the desire to generate enormous profits points to a naivety about the business world.’
    • ‘To some people, this will seem an unwarranted naivety about the power of free speech in civil society to weed out cultural oppression.’
    • ‘But anything more general just smacks, to me, of a naivety about the historical construction of the nation-state.’
    • ‘It is a gross naivety on the part of the Government to presume that the impact of this measure will not increase student debt.’
    innocence, lack of sophistication, lack of experience, ingenuousness, guilelessness, naïveté, lack of guile, unworldliness, childlikeness, trustfulness, simplicity, naturalness
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    1. 1.1Innocence or unsophistication.
      ‘the charm and naivety of the early to mid fifties’
      • ‘they took advantage of his naivety and deep pockets’
      • ‘Unfortunately, he is a compulsive liar whose naivety and innocence allows him to get away with the most convoluted stories.’
      • ‘I loved the very air of innocence and naivety that this place held.’
      • ‘I wanted to show the very fine line between innocence, naivety and denial.’
      • ‘He described his own school days as magical and full of innocence and naivety.’
      • ‘She was famous for portraying naïvety and innocence on stage, qualities far removed from her real-life personality.’
      • ‘I missed the excited talk of last year where our eagerness and innocent naivety overruled our sense of logic and sensibility.’
      • ‘Are we seeing genuine awkwardness here, or a naivety being deliberately and humorously deployed - and does she know the difference, or care much either way?’
      • ‘There's a certain naivety to the world with us, and also a feeling that we are kind of in our own little world where the rules are slightly different.’
      • ‘The account has a particular directness, a delightful naivety, and an enormous sense of authenticity.’
      • ‘Some writers can spell and punctuate; some can't. Some writers will reveal a lifetime of experience; some will display a youthful naivety.’
      • ‘They could all play and sing really well but had a naivety and willingness to learn and improve.’
      • ‘The young woman and the old woman between them illustrate the chasms between hope and disillusionment, between naivety and experience.’
      • ‘At 19, one of his greatest strengths is his naivety, his lack of fear.’
      • ‘He's the same in conversation: upfront, honest, serious to the point of naivety in some instances and quietly funny in others.’
      • ‘Still, although he certainly has a voice, the literary cost of his boyish naivety is that he is somewhat empty as a character.’
      • ‘Walking down what used to be bustling Ivegate, I saw all the white splodges on the flags and in my naivety thought they were the results of the flocks of starlings that used to roost in Bradford.’
      • ‘And memories of one's naivety are always painful.’
      • ‘You may very well accuse me of being a naïve fool, but don't confuse naivety with hope, I may be thirty seven tomorrow but I can still hope…… there is a happy land.’
      • ‘But I always have the sneaking feeling that the minute I go out the door, they are making ‘what a loony’ signs to each other and generally mocking me for my naivety.’
      • ‘Let's not give the impression that we are entering into this with dewy-eyed naivety.’

Pronunciation

naivety

/nʌɪˈiːv(ɪ)ti/ /nɑːˈiːv(ɪ)ti/

Origin

Late 17th century from French naïveté, from naïf, -ive (see naive).