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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).
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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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British Dictionary definitions for confidentiality

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
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Derived Formsconfidentiality or confidentialness, nounconfidentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for confidentiality

confidential

adj.

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

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confidentiality in Medicine

confidentiality

(kŏn′fĭ-dĕn′shē-ălĭ-tē)
n.
  1. The ethical principle or legal right that a physician or other health professional will hold secret all information relating to a patient, unless the patient gives consent permitting disclosure.
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