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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.
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  1. a confidant.
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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

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

Antonyms for confident

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Examples from the Web for confidents

Historical Examples of confidents

  • Mr. Samuel Adams returned to Boston, pleased with the proposal, and communicated the same to his confidents.

    The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)

    John Marshall

  • And they had become the confidents and companions of each others profligacies.

  • The reader will readily have anticipated that Jack Tier had early made the females on board the Swash her confidents.

  • Now, the friends and confidents of Claudius had long been chosen from the ranks of his freedmen.

    Seekers after God

    Frederic William Farrar

British Dictionary definitions for confidents


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



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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