- 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.
- a confidant.
Origin of confident
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- (postpositive foll by of) having or showing confidence or certainty; sureconfident of success
- sure of oneself; bold
- presumptuous; excessively bold
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 non-confident
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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