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[ kon-fi-den-shuhl ]


  1. spoken, written, acted on, etc., in strict privacy or secrecy; secret:

    a confidential remark.

    Synonyms: private, restricted

  2. indicating confidence or intimacy; imparting private matters:

    a confidential tone of voice.

    Synonyms: familiar, intimate

  3. having another's trust or confidence; entrusted with secrets or private affairs:

    a confidential secretary.

    Synonyms: private, trustworthy

  4. (of information, a document, etc.)
    1. bearing the classification confidential, usually being above restricted and below secret.
    2. limited to persons authorized to use information, documents, etc., so classified. Compare classification ( def 5 ).


/ ˌkɒnfɪˈdɛnʃəl /


  1. spoken, written, or given in confidence; secret; private
  2. entrusted with another's confidence or secret affairs

    a confidential secretary

  3. suggestive of or denoting intimacy

    a confidential approach

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Derived Forms

  • ˌconfiˈdentially, adverb
  • ˌconfiˌdentiˈality, noun

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Other Words From

  • confi·denti·ali·ty confi·dential·ness noun
  • confi·dential·ly adverb
  • noncon·fi·dential adjective
  • noncon·fi·dential·ly adverb
  • noncon·fi·dential·ness noun
  • noncon·fi·denti·ali·ty noun
  • quasi-confi·dential adjective
  • quasi-confi·dential·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of confidential1

First recorded in 1645–55; from Latin confīdenti(a) confidence + -al 1

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Example Sentences

Former Washington Football Team cheerleaders who appeared in lewd videos that team employees secretly produced from outtakes of 2008 and 2010 swimsuit calendar shoots have reached confidential settlements with the team.

The first filings with the SEC are for its originally confidential Draft Registration Statement to go IPO in early 2020.

Wilkinson’s probe also includes information about a 2009 confidential settlement.

Scott said she wrote the story with the understanding that it would be confidential until Sheehan’s death.

Medical data, on the other hand, are highly confidential and usually not seen by the team at all — unless “there is something that can affect the team,” Lorang says.

A year later, the suit ended in a settlement, the details of which remain confidential.

The provision of confidential details to the IG does not mean that they will be publicly released.

Now the Supreme Leader has thrown the confidential details out into the open and marked his line in the sand.

In recent months Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has insisted on keeping the negotiating details confidential.

But L.A. Confidential was important for temporarily resuscitating film noir.

Nine lusty-lunged adults in that one room prohibited confidential speech.

As soon as Michael made sure of the duel, he saw his confidential clerk.

It emboldens me to ask another favor—that you will regard what I have told you of my plans as confidential.

He entreated her to bear in mind that the disclosures of the afternoon were strictly confidential.

Amongst well-bred persons, every conversation is considered in a measure confidential.


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