realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc.
excessive or inflated confidence in one's own judgment, ability, etc.
- Also self-as·sur·ance [self-uh-shoor-uhns, self-] /ˈsɛlf əˈʃʊər əns, ˌsɛlf-/ .
- self-con·fi·dent, adjective
- self-con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
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How to use self-confidence in a sentence
Strong and self-confident middle classes are usually considered to be the most important prerequisite for democracy to work well.Why Democracy Will Struggle In The Arab World In 2014 | Balint Szlanko | January 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Telling everyone how beautiful and perfect you are actually makes you seem less self-confident, not more.The Rise of Selfie Pop: Why Songs About Self-Esteem Are All the Rage | Andrew Romano | December 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But now we have a more, uh, self-confident right wing, and consequently we have a new and different calculus.
Expansive, amused, irresistibly self-confident, self-deprecating.
In the June debate in New Hampshire, Michele Bachmann made a splash with her energetic, zesty, self-confident performance.
Daphne was still erect, self-confident, militant; whereas Madeleine knew herself vanquished—vanquished both in body and soul.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
The Secret Service man was very self-confident and very convincing.Tom Slade with the Colors | Percy K. Fitzhugh
What desperate purpose lurked behind his self-confident mask?Through the Wall | Cleveland Moffett
I have been,' said James Dutton to me at the last interview I had with him, 'all my life an overweening self-confident fool.Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 440 | Various
Thereupon, by way of showing what an adept I was in the art of baby tossing, I shot him upward with self-confident impetus.The Opinions of a Philosopher | Robert Grant
British Dictionary definitions for self-confidence
confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc
- self-confident, adjective
- self-confidently, adverb
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