- 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.)
- bearing the classification confidential, usually being above restricted and below secret.
- limited to persons authorized to use information, documents, etc., so classified.Compare classification(def 5).
Origin of confidential
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1. restricted, private. 2. intimate, familiar. 3. trusted, trustworthy, private. See familiar.
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Examples from the Web for confidentially
“Bruce – Spoke to someone very senior in State (confidentially),” wrote Lynton.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’
December 17, 2014
In fact, more than a few have confidentially expressed their jealousy.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Here, a team of 60 is hard at work modernizing the way American diplomats talk to each other confidentially.Guarding the State Department's Secrets
December 3, 2010
Their job is to communicate directly, and confidentially, with governments, including the CIA, to whom this report was directed.The Report Sending Shockwaves Through Washington
March 17, 2009
The girls can talk quietly and confidentially, if they choose.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He approached, on his side, confidentially, but not too markedly so.The Secret Agent
Confidentially, 'Father, I sometimes thought of it, but it rather scared me!Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
He confessed to them confidentially that he was the real boss of the building.L'Assommoir
"I don't think she was intendin' to," remarked the latter, confidentially.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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
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Word Origin and History for confidentially
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