I've been trying to think of a word but I failed.

Is there some word or phrase that describes person whose intent is to discourage people of doing something without actual proof that it is wrong but purpose of it is to save this person(they are scared they're going to hurt themselves)? Only thinking they know better.

  • Your question title and question body do not ask the same question, please can you correct whichever one is wrong (probably the question title). In the question body, they are warning someone, not accusing them.
    – SteveES
    Jun 20, 2017 at 11:03
  • Sounds like a know-it-all. Jun 20, 2017 at 11:12
  • Also, we try to use full words, not acronyms (somebody, not sb) Jun 20, 2017 at 11:54
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    Sound a little like a scaremonger. Jun 20, 2017 at 12:22
  • Thanks everyone for advice. I think @SteveLovell is most accurate, but have another word also at the back of my head. This person claims that they know(assume) something is bad for third but they didn't actually get empirical proof because they were too lazy and in the end discourage people of doing some work.
    – user241682
    Jun 20, 2017 at 13:12

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E.g. from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naysayer "There are always naysayers who say it can't be done."

and from www.dictionary.com/browse/naysayer "... person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views ..."

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    I was considering this word too. +1 Jun 20, 2017 at 14:04
  • You're welcome @user241682. Please feel free to upvote and or accept.
    – MikeRoger
    Jun 20, 2017 at 15:36

Possible duplicate of this thread which listed self-righteous, know-it-all, and hubris among others

Possible duplicate of this tread which listed some of above plus cocksure (great word!) and dogmatic among others

Possible duplicate of this tread which listed some of the above plus patronizing and didactic among others

Also overprotective is a word that seems to fit.

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