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).
- con·fi·den·ti·al·i·ty, con·fi·den·tial·ness, noun
- con·fi·den·tial·ly, adverb
- non·con·fi·den·tial, adjective
- non·con·fi·den·tial·ly, adverb
- non·con·fi·den·tial·ness, noun
- non·con·fi·den·ti·al·i·ty, noun
- qua·si-con·fi·den·tial, adjective
- qua·si-con·fi·den·tial·ly, adverb
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How to use confidential in a sentence
Court records filed this month show that Evenflo reached a confidential settlement with Jillian’s family.House Subcommittee Says Proposed Booster Seat Safety Rules Fall Short | by Patricia Callahan | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
At General Atomics’ insistence, the FAA has already agreed to withhold trade secrets and other confidential commercial information.Drone Test Flight Moved Out of San Diego Following Safety Concerns | Jesse Marx | October 26, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
When it comes to the Tolli situation, Vargas said she can’t comment on it in too much detail because it’s a confidential personnel matter, but in general, she thinks the board and college administration did their due diligence in the matter.Southwestern College’s Troubles Become a Focal Point in D1 Race | Maya Srikrishnan | October 19, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
DSMB members are typically kept confidential to shield them from outside influence, but ProPublica has been able to identify a few members.Who Decides When Vaccine Studies Are Done? Internal Documents Show Fauci Plays a Key Role. | by Isaac Arnsdorf, Caroline Chen and Ryan Gabrielson | October 16, 2020 | ProPublica
Bohra gained access to Amazon’s confidential information in her role overseeing financial data related to the company’s “transfer pricing” operations across different countries.Former Amazon manager and her family charged with insider trading | Jeff | September 28, 2020 | Fortune
“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’ | William Boot | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In fact, more than a few have confidentially expressed their jealousy.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories | Harry Siegel | February 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here, a team of 60 is hard at work modernizing the way American diplomats talk to each other confidentially.
Their job is to communicate directly, and confidentially, with governments, including the CIA, to whom this report was directed.
Old Mrs. Wurzel turned confidentially to the vicar's wife and said, "Is her engagement generally known?"The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
"But times are altered since then, Gilly," said Miss Watling confidentially, and slipping her arm within his.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Some sprite, favourable to the peace of Hartledon, had been writing confidentially from Ireland regarding Kirton and his doings.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
He was leaning confidentially across the counter, and his eyes met Bill's in a look that made the trader turn away.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
She took him confidentially apart and explained to him that she had been in a condition of “penetration” for about three hours.Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
British Dictionary definitions for confidential
spoken, written, or given in confidence; secret; private
entrusted with another's confidence or secret affairs: a confidential secretary
suggestive of or denoting intimacy: a confidential approach
- confidentiality or confidentialness, noun
- confidentially, adverb
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