The words naves, knaves sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do naves, knaves sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: naves, knaves are homophones of the English language.
Plural form of knave.
Plural form of nave.
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Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.