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confidential

[kon-fi-den-shuh l] /ˌkɒn fɪˈdɛn ʃəl/
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.
  1. bearing the classification confidential, usually being above restricted and below secret.
  2. limited to persons authorized to use information, documents, etc., so classified.
    Compare classification (def 5).
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin confīdenti(a) confidence + -al1
Related forms
confidentiality, confidentialness, noun
confidentially, adverb
nonconfidential, adjective
nonconfidentially, adverb
nonconfidentialness, noun
nonconfidentiality, noun
quasi-confidential, adjective
quasi-confidentially, adverb
Synonyms
1. restricted, private. 2. intimate, familiar. 3. trusted, trustworthy, private. See familiar.
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Examples for confidential
  • 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.
  • Applications, nominations and inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.
  • No one knows, because it was a confidential meeting.
  • The private investigators charged various amounts to their clients for the confidential information.
  • He rewarded them generously for confidential information.
  • confidential data is therefore compromised, he said.
  • All applications and nominations will be considered confidential.
British Dictionary definitions for confidential

confidential

/ˌkɒnfɪˈdɛnʃəl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
confidentiality, confidentialness, noun
confidentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for confidential
confidential
1759, from L. confidentia (see confidence) + -al (1). Related: Confidentiality; confidentially.
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