self-confidence

[ self-kon-fi-duhns, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈkɒn fɪ dəns, ˈsɛlf- /

noun

realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc.
excessive or inflated confidence in one's own judgment, ability, etc.

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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
Also self-as·sur·ance [self-uh-shoor-uhns, self-] /ˈsɛlf əˈʃʊər əns, ˌsɛlf-/ .

Origin of self-confidence

First recorded in 1630–40

OTHER WORDS FROM self-confidence

self-con·fi·dent, adjectiveself-con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for self-confidence

self-confidence

noun

confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc

Derived forms of self-confidence

self-confident, adjectiveself-confidently, adverb
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