Definition of naivety noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also naïvety) noun
    BrE BrE//naɪˈiːvəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//naɪˈiːvəti//
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  1. 1(disapproving) a lack of experience of life, knowledge or good judgement and a willingness to believe that people always tell you the truth They laughed at the naivety of his suggestion.
  2. 2(approving) the quality of being innocent and simple in character or behaviour She has lost none of her naivety.
  3. 3(specialist) a style in art which is deliberately very simple, often uses bright colours and is similar to that produced by a child His work is a curious blend of sophistication and naivety.