confidential

[ kon-fi-den-shuhl ]
/ ˌkɒn fɪˈdɛn ʃəl /

adjective

spoken, written, acted on, etc., in strict privacy or secrecy; secret: a confidential remark.
indicating confidence or intimacy; imparting private matters: a confidential tone of voice.
having another's trust or confidence; entrusted with secrets or private affairs: a confidential secretary.
(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
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British Dictionary definitions for confidentiality

confidential

/ (ˌkɒnfɪˈdɛnʃəl) /

adjective

spoken, written, or given in confidence; secret; private
entrusted with another's confidence or secret affairsa confidential secretary
suggestive of or denoting intimacya confidential approach
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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Medicine definitions for confidentiality

confidentiality

[ kŏn′fĭ-dĕn′shē-ălĭ-tē ]

n.

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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