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dcs5

  79 months ago

What does the word naive mean to you and would you be offended to be called it?
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I was told I was very naive the other day by a work mate and I did not know whether I should be offended or not, I was at the time but I feel I have a lack of confidence from being out of work for so long more than being naive, how would you feel if someone said the same to you?
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Juliaacv

  76 months ago
I always thought that naive meant an admitted lack of understanding and exposure to any one topic. You can have knowledge of certain things but if you have not experienced them (like bungee jumping) you are naive as to the exact feelings and whatnot associated with that. I live a pretty sheltered life, so its safe to say that I am naive on most subjects. And that is okay with me.
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callowyouth

  78 months ago
I agree with first gold that it means unknowing and it does very much depend why the person said it.
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first gold

  78 months ago
To me it means either unknowing or unsuspecting. Either way, it depends on how it was said as to whether it is a bad thing.
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fraggle06

  78 months ago
Depends on the context. It's hard to say without knowing the rest of the conversation.
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TopKatz

  79 months ago
I have been called this, and always thought it meant 'innocence' .
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deadwood

  79 months ago
Well as the word denotes lacking experience I suppose that it would depend upon the circumstances in which it was used as to whether or not I should find it a compliment or an insult.
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cazza88

  79 months ago
It depends how it was said as you can be naive about some things & not others if you know what I mean.
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Sycorax

  79 months ago
'I was told I was very naive the other day by a work mate and I did not know whether I should be offended or not'....................
is it just me, or does anyone else see the irony in that statement?.. :-D
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sheila8881

  79 months ago
I think it could be meant either way. It depends on how it is said. I know someone that is quite naive because she believes everything she is told, she has never had any knocks in life and see,s the good in everything. She is still one of the nicest people you could wish to meet.
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steppenwolf_a_558

  79 months ago
It depends on the sense in which the word was used, and to no small degree on the person using the word. Let's face it, some people are overly cynical and to them 80% of the population may seem naive.
Some people use it to mean you have an essential simplicity, or an unaffected directness that is actually quite an attractive character trait. Other people can use it to mean yu're ignorant, gullible or stupid.
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