[ kon-fi-duhnt ]
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  1. having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment.

  2. sure of oneself; having no uncertainty about one's own abilities, correctness, successfulness, etc.; self-confident; bold: a confident speaker.

  1. excessively bold; presumptuous.

  2. Obsolete. trustful or confiding.


Origin of confident

First recorded in 1570–80; from Latin confīdent- (stem of confīdēns), present participle of confīdere.See confide, -ent

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Opposites for confident

Other words from confident

  • con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
  • hy·per·con·fi·dent, adjective
  • hy·per·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
  • non·con·fi·dent, adjective
  • non·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-con·fi·dent, adjective
  • qua·si-con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
  • su·per·con·fi·dent, adjective
  • su·per·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
  • ul·tra·con·fi·dent, adjective
  • un·con·fi·dent, adjective
  • un·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with confident

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How to use confident in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for confident


/ (ˈkɒnfɪdənt) /

  1. (postpositive foll by of) having or showing confidence or certainty; sure: confident of success

  2. sure of oneself; bold

  1. presumptuous; excessively bold

Origin of confident

C16: from Latin confīdens trusting, having self-confidence, from confīdere to have complete trust in; see confide

Derived forms of confident

  • confidently, adverb

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