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[self-kon-fi-duhns, self-]
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  1. realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc.
  2. excessive or inflated confidence in one's own judgment, ability, etc.
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Origin of self-confidence

First recorded in 1630–40
Related formsself-con·fi·dent, adjectiveself-con·fi·dent·ly, adverb

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Related Words for self-confidence

self-assurance, aplomb

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British Dictionary definitions for self-confidence


  1. confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc
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Derived Formsself-confident, adjectiveself-confidently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-confidence


also self confidence, 1650s, from self- + confidence.

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