confidential

[kon-fi-den-shuhl]
adjective
1.
spoken, written, acted on, etc., in strict privacy or secrecy; secret: a confidential remark.
2.
indicating confidence or intimacy; imparting private matters: a confidential tone of voice.
3.
having another's trust or confidence; entrusted with secrets or private affairs: a confidential secretary.
4.
a.
bearing the classification confidential, usually being above restricted and below secret.
b.
limited to persons authorized to use information, documents, etc., so classified. Compare classification ( def 5 ).

Origin:
1645–55; < Latin confīdenti(a) confidence + -al1

confidentiality, confidentialness, noun
confidentially, adverb
nonconfidential, adjective
nonconfidentially, adverb
nonconfidentialness, noun
nonconfidentiality, noun
quasi-confidential, adjective
quasi-confidentially, adverb


1. restricted, private. 2. intimate, familiar. 3. trusted, trustworthy, private. See familiar.
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confidential (ˌkɒnfɪˈdɛnʃəl)
 
adj
1.  spoken, written, or given in confidence; secret; private
2.  entrusted with another's confidence or secret affairs: a confidential secretary
3.  suggestive of or denoting intimacy: a confidential approach
 
confidenti'ality
 
n
 
confi'dentialness
 
n
 
confi'dentially
 
adv

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confidential
1759, from L. confidentia (see confidence) + -al (1). Related: Confidentiality; confidentially.
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Example sentences
The bank was not named in the report, even in the previously confidential part
  released this week.
Confidential letters of recommendation must also be submitted via the online
  system.
Confidential information is, by definition, confidential.
Imagine you are a government official with confidential messages to send.
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