[ kon-fi-duhnt ]
/ ˈkɒn fɪ dənt /


having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment.
sure of oneself; having no uncertainty about one's own abilities, correctness, successfulness, etc.; self-confident; bold: a confident speaker.
excessively bold; presumptuous.
Obsolete. trustful or confiding.


Nearby words

  1. confidence interval,
  2. confidence level,
  3. confidence limits,
  4. confidence man,
  5. confidence trick,
  6. confidente,
  7. confidential,
  8. confidential communication,
  9. confidentiality,
  10. confidentially

Origin of confident

1570–80; < Latin confīdent- (stem of confīdēns), present participle of confīdere. See confide, -ent

SYNONYMS FOR confident
1. certain, positive. See sure. 2. self-reliant, assured, intrepid.

Related forms
Can be confusedconfidant confidante confident Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for confidently


/ (ˈkɒnfɪdənt) /


(postpositive foll by of) having or showing confidence or certainty; sureconfident of success
sure of oneself; bold
presumptuous; excessively bold
Derived Formsconfidently, adverb

Word Origin for confident

C16: from Latin confīdens trusting, having self-confidence, from confīdere to have complete trust in; see confide

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Word Origin and History for confidently



1570s, "self-reliant, sure of oneself," from Middle French confident, from Latin confidentem (nominative confidens) "firmly trusting, reliant, self-confident, bold, daring," present participle of confidere (see confidence). Related: Confidently.

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