home page front matter variables affecting entire site

I just added a variable to my site "hidenav" that I use in the templates to (can you guess?) hide the navigation. Most pages don't have it. When I add it to my homepage, all of the pages that don't have it seem to inherit it from the home page. I have my homepage at /page.md and other pages are at /folder/page.md. Is there something that causes subpages to inherit the attributes of pages in directories above them if they don't have the attribute defined? Thanks!

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