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dcs5

36 months ago

What does the word naive mean to you and would you be offended to be called it?

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

  32 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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rhodahaddock

  34 months ago
I think it depends on the person's age. To me, naive means that the person is not informed on any given subject that may be discussed, it should not afffect one's self image.
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fruitydumpling

  34 months ago
I take it as a compliment because I would much rather be naive than cynical. I suppose it depends on the context of the conversation but I would see it as a positive thing in the main.
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MessiW

  34 months ago
I would be offended if someone else said it to me, although I do admit to myself that I have been very naive in the past over certain things.
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callowyouth

  35 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

  35 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

  35 months ago
Depends on the context. It's hard to say without knowing the rest of the conversation.
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jimbo55

  36 months ago
I would not take any notice naive can just mean confidence. Just ignore it and do the job you seam to enjoy
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TopKatz

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

  36 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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