- spoken, written, acted on, etc., in strict privacy or secrecy; secret: a confidential remark.
- indicating confidence or intimacy; imparting private matters: a confidential tone of voice.
- having another's trust or confidence; entrusted with secrets or private affairs: a confidential secretary.
- (of information, a document, etc.)
- bearing the classification confidential, usually being above restricted and below secret.
- limited to persons authorized to use information, documents, etc., so classified.Compare classification(def 5).
Origin of confidential
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1. restricted, private. 2. intimate, familiar. 3. trusted, trustworthy, private. See familiar.
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Examples from the Web for confidential
The provision of confidential details to the IG does not mean that they will be publicly released.The Peace Corps' Awful Secret
August 16, 2014
Now the Supreme Leader has thrown the confidential details out into the open and marked his line in the sand.Iran Supreme Leader Spills the Nuke Talk Secrets
July 12, 2014
But L.A. Confidential was important for temporarily resuscitating film noir.
There was a question period and someone asked, “We hear L.A. Confidential is going to be made into a movie.”
The guy in L.A. Confidential is very repressed and conservative.
Why, this here despatch is signed by young Toler—that's his confidential man.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He was smiling at me in a friendly, confidential way that showed a happy mood.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Josie is rattling volubly, but with a hint of the confidential in her tone.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
She broke off with a light laugh, and her confidential manner was gone in a flash.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
But b'ys,' says he, solemn and confidential, 'are you on the square?The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
- spoken, written, or given in confidence; secret; private
- entrusted with another's confidence or secret affairsa confidential secretary
- suggestive of or denoting intimacya confidential approach
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Word Origin and History for confidential
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