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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

self-assured, fearless, self-reliant, poised, assured, know-it-all, sanguine, hotdog, hotshot, undoubtful

Examples from the Web for self-confident

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  • It was wonderful to see the change in the strong, self-confident girl's manner.

  • His kind is too arrogant, too self-confident to have recourse to untruth.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Self-confident and free from doubts, fame will be his in the state and fame be his in his home.

  • In another she had grown to womanhood and self-confident power.

  • "I saw him myself," replied the man with a self-confident smile of derision.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for self-confident


  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-confident


1610s, from self- + confident. Related: self-confidently.

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

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