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confidential

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

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Origin of confidential

First recorded in 1645–55; from Latin confīdenti(a) confidence + -al1
3. See familiar.
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British Dictionary definitions for confidential

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
confidentiality or confidentialness, nounconfidentially, adverb
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