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

Origin of confident

1570–80; < Latin confīdent- (stem of confīdēns), present participle of confīdere. See confide, -ent
Related formscon·fi·dent·ly, adverbhy·per·con·fi·dent, adjectivehy·per·con·fi·dent·ly, adverbnon·con·fi·dent, adjectivenon·con·fi·dent·ly, adverbqua·si-con·fi·dent, adjectivequa·si-con·fi·dent·ly, adverbsu·per·con·fi·dent, adjectivesu·per·con·fi·dent·ly, adverbul·tra·con·fi·dent, adjectiveun·con·fi·dent, adjectiveun·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedconfidant confidante confident

Synonyms for confident

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

Antonyms for confident Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for confidently

positively, assuredly

Examples from the Web for confidently

Contemporary Examples of confidently

Historical Examples of confidently

  • This was known before the election, so that the result was confidently predicted.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • My weakness in that direction is, I may confidently state, very strong.

  • I had observed him with attention while talking to him, and answered, confidently, ‘Fifty.’

  • Ha was one of those men who most confidently believe in their own merits.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Having enmeshed him, she confidently left him to complete his own undoing.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for confidently


  1. (postpositive foll by of) having or showing confidence or certainty; sureconfident of success
  2. sure of oneself; bold
  3. 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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