- 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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- 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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