As these terms are defined in online dictionaries, ignorant means a lack of education, while naïve means a lack of worldly experience.
- What is the practical difference between these two?
- When would I use one and not the other?
We could consider education to be the acquisition of knowledge, and experience to be knowledge acquired first-hand. In that case, these two words would have no practical difference, yet I have had people strongly disagree with me in some discussions.
One person tried to explain that ignorant is when a person doesnt know about something, whereas naïve is when a person does or should know about something but fails to act on the knowledge or fails to acquire the knowledge before acting.
Could someone please clarify?