- 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 confidentiality
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Donald Sterling apparently sought to ensure it stayed that way by including a confidentiality clause when he settled the suit.Killed by Donald Sterling’s Racism
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Promised (and delivered) confidentiality and anonymity, arrestees had nothing to lose—and, therefore, tons to offer.Gov't Abandons Best Survey for Counting U.S. Drug Users
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She also signed a confidentiality agreement, according to the Sun-Times.Why Has the Public Forgiven R. Kelly for His Sordid, Predatory Past?
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There is a second insurance-related issue that has to do with confidentiality.
I have tried to give a realistic picture of confidentiality in therapy.
There are two central questions relating to confidentiality that I want to raise here.
There may or may not be special laws in your state to protect the confidentiality of psychotherapy.
Accidental or inadvertent breaks of confidentiality sometimes can also occur.
- 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 confidentiality
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The ethical principle or legal right that a physician or other health professional will hold secret all information relating to a patient, unless the patient gives consent permitting disclosure.
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