naivete

[ nah-eev-tey, -ee-vuh-tey, -eev-tey, -ee-vuh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF naivete
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But there was a sort of freshness and naivete and youthfulness about her which made him use that adjective.

In Mr. Collins we see much of the naivete of Suett and Blisset.

FitzHarry raves about her, and says her naivete is something too delicious.

He avows his policy with the naivete which makes the charm of his style as writer.

Then she said with naivete "It was not a great sum to carry on a war with."

There was in Evelyn still, with the penetration of the woman, the naivete of the child.

He said it with a naivete that was admirable, whether it was real or assumed.

Her naivete was affected, perhaps, but was it any the less charming on that account?

But she presently said, with frankness and naivete: "What does 'bank on titles' mean?"

This may be naive, as to the past and the future; but it is a naivete we cannot brush aside.

WORD ORIGIN

1670s, from French naïveté, from Old French naiveté "genuineness, authenticity," literally "native disposition" (see naive). Englished form naivety is attested from 1708.

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