confident

[kon-fi-duhnt]
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adjective
  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.
  3. excessively bold; presumptuous.
  4. Obsolete. trustful or confiding.
noun
  1. a confidant.

Origin of confident

1570–80; < Latin confīdent- (stem of confīdēns), present participle of confīdere. See confide, -ent
Related formscon·fi·dent·ly, adverbhy·per·con·fi·dent, adjectivehy·per·con·fi·dent·ly, adverbnon·con·fi·dent, adjectivenon·con·fi·dent·ly, adverbqua·si-con·fi·dent, adjectivequa·si-con·fi·dent·ly, adverbsu·per·con·fi·dent, adjectivesu·per·con·fi·dent·ly, adverbul·tra·con·fi·dent, adjectiveun·con·fi·dent, adjectiveun·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedconfidant confidante confident

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1. certain, positive. See sure. 2. self-reliant, assured, intrepid.

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confident

adjective
  1. (postpositive foll by of) having or showing confidence or certainty; sureconfident of success
  2. sure of oneself; bold
  3. presumptuous; excessively bold
Derived Formsconfidently, adverb

Word Origin for confident

C16: from Latin confīdens trusting, having self-confidence, from confīdere to have complete trust in; see confide
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Word Origin and History for confident
adj.

1570s, "self-reliant, sure of oneself," from Middle French confident, from Latin confidentem (nominative confidens) "firmly trusting, reliant, self-confident, bold, daring," present participle of confidere (see confidence). Related: Confidently.

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