Naivety refers to a lack of experience or sophistication. That taxi driver who charged your Aunt Fay $75 for the ride from the airport was taking advantage of her naivety — your aunt didn’t know it should only cost $50.

The noun naivety often refers to the kind of inexperience that allows you to be tricked, but it can also refer to a trusting innocent or a lack of sophistication. For example, if you think you can treat your boss’s daughter like any other employee and just say whatever you want when you have lunch, you may be exhibiting naivety — she may tell your boss what you said.

Definitions of naivety
  1. noun

    lack of sophistication or worldliness

    naiveness, naivete
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    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
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    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

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