If you suggest that world peace could be achieved by handing out cookies in warring nations, you would be revealing a certain amount of naivete. This is a lack of wisdom and sophistication.

Naivete has four syllables and is pronounced nigh-eve-i-TAY. The root naïve is a French adjective meaning “natural, just born.” Because it suggests innocence or ignorance, naivete is often associated with children, who lack experience and knowledge. But plenty of adults, too, display a certain amount of naivete when they make assumptions based on ignorance, an inability to grasp a situation, or a tendency to oversimplify complex things.

Definitions of naivete

n lack of sophistication or worldliness

naiveness, naivety
mundaneness, mundanity, sophistication, worldliness
the quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated and worldly through cultivation or experience or disillusionment
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artlessness, ingenuousness, innocence, naturalness
the quality of innocent naivete
credulousness, gullibility
tendency to believe too readily and therefore to be easily deceived
simple mindedness, simpleness, simplicity
a lack of penetration or subtlety
an innocent quality or thing or act
Type of:
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

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