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  1. having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment.
  2. sure of oneself; having no uncertainty about one's own abilities, correctness, successfulness, etc.; self-confident; bold: a confident speaker.
  3. excessively bold; presumptuous.
  4. Obsolete. trustful or confiding.
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  1. a confidant.
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Origin of confident

1570–80; < Latin confīdent- (stem of confīdēns), present participle of confīdere. See confide, -ent
Related formscon·fi·dent·ly, adverbhy·per·con·fi·dent, adjectivehy·per·con·fi·dent·ly, adverbnon·con·fi·dent, adjectivenon·con·fi·dent·ly, adverbqua·si-con·fi·dent, adjectivequa·si-con·fi·dent·ly, adverbsu·per·con·fi·dent, adjectivesu·per·con·fi·dent·ly, adverbul·tra·con·fi·dent, adjectiveun·con·fi·dent, adjectiveun·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
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1. certain, positive. See sure. 2. self-reliant, assured, intrepid.


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  • Her standards of right and wrong were shaken; the wholesale assaults on her ideals left her shocked and unconfident.

    The City of Delight

    Elizabeth Miller

British Dictionary definitions for unconfident


  1. (postpositive foll by of) having or showing confidence or certainty; sureconfident of success
  2. sure of oneself; bold
  3. presumptuous; excessively bold
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Derived Formsconfidently, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin confīdens trusting, having self-confidence, from confīdere to have complete trust in; see confide
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Word Origin and History for unconfident



1570s, "self-reliant, sure of oneself," from Middle French confident, from Latin confidentem (nominative confidens) "firmly trusting, reliant, self-confident, bold, daring," present participle of confidere (see confidence). Related: Confidently.

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