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Origin of overconfident

First recorded in 1610–20; over- + confident
Related formso·ver·con·fi·dence, nouno·ver·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for over-confidence


  1. excessively confident
Derived Formsoverconfidence, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-confidence

c.1700, from over- + confidence.

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