confidential

[kon-fi-den-shuhl]
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adjective
  1. spoken, written, acted on, etc., in strict privacy or secrecy; secret: a confidential remark.
  2. indicating confidence or intimacy; imparting private matters: a confidential tone of voice.
  3. having another's trust or confidence; entrusted with secrets or private affairs: a confidential secretary.
  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).

Origin of confidential

1645–55; < Latin confīdenti(a) confidence + -al1
Related formscon·fi·den·ti·al·i·ty, con·fi·den·tial·ness, nouncon·fi·den·tial·ly, adverbnon·con·fi·den·tial, adjectivenon·con·fi·den·tial·ly, adverbnon·con·fi·den·tial·ness, nounnon·con·fi·den·ti·al·i·ty, nounqua·si-con·fi·den·tial, adjectivequa·si-con·fi·den·tial·ly, adverb

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Related Words for confidential

classified, hush-hush, private, intimate, arcane, closet, inside, privy, backdoor

Examples from the Web for confidential

Contemporary Examples of confidential

Historical Examples of confidential

  • Why, this here despatch is signed by young Toler—that's his confidential man.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He was smiling at me in a friendly, confidential way that showed a happy mood.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Josie is rattling volubly, but with a hint of the confidential in her tone.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • She broke off with a light laugh, and her confidential manner was gone in a flash.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • But b'ys,' says he, solemn and confidential, 'are you on the square?

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for confidential

confidential

adjective
  1. spoken, written, or given in confidence; secret; private
  2. entrusted with another's confidence or secret affairsa confidential secretary
  3. suggestive of or denoting intimacya confidential approach
Derived Formsconfidentiality or confidentialness, nounconfidentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for confidential
adj.

1759, from Latin confidentia (see confidence) + -al (1). Related: Confidentiality; confidentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper