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Sometimes I see translations of selbstbewusst as confident, arrogant or selfish. I would like to know if this word has a negative or positive denotation. If I call someone of selbstbewusst, is it a compliment or not?

{ asked by user42912 }

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Generally, "selbstbewusst" has a positive connotation and I've rarely heard it used in a negative way.

It could be used as an euphemism for arrogant or selfish, however. Tone and context would help you decide if that's the fact.

{ answered by Joachim Sauer }
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