- Naivete is a lack of knowledge or sophistication.
An example of a person's naivete is when she falls for an obvious trick or prank.
naivete definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- The state or quality of being inexperienced or unsophisticated, especially in being artless, credulous, or uncritical.
- An artless, credulous, or uncritical statement or act.
Origin of naiveteFrench na&idie;veté, from Old French naivete, native disposition, from naif, artless; see naive.