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[kon-fi-den-shuh l] /ˌkɒn fɪˈdɛn ʃəl/
spoken, written, acted on, etc., in strict privacy or secrecy; secret:
a confidential remark.
indicating confidence or intimacy; imparting private matters:
a confidential tone of voice.
having another's trust or confidence; entrusted with secrets or private affairs:
a confidential secretary.
  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 of confidential
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
1. restricted, private. 2. intimate, familiar. 3. trusted, trustworthy, private. See familiar. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for confidentiality
  • To lawyers, protecting clients' confidentiality is a cornerstone of the practice of law.
  • The government has a point on the need for some confidentiality.
  • Before he left, a company staffer demanded that he sign a final confidentiality agreement.
  • Most measures include some clauses to protect confidentiality.
  • For senior-level searches, confidentiality can be the source of high anxiety for both candidates and search committees.
  • Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request.
  • The mere existence of seeding trials indicates that the balance between confidentiality and disclosure is skewed.
  • Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request.
  • But confidentiality clauses do feature increasingly in the job contracts.
  • One is that board confidentiality is incredibly important.
British Dictionary definitions for confidentiality


spoken, written, or given in confidence; secret; private
entrusted with another's confidence or secret affairs: a confidential secretary
suggestive of or denoting intimacy: a confidential approach
Derived Forms
confidentiality, confidentialness, noun
confidentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for confidentiality



1759, from Latin confidentia (see confidence) + -al (1). Related: Confidentiality; confidentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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confidentiality in Medicine

confidentiality con·fi·den·ti·al·i·ty (kŏn'fĭ-děn'shē-āl'ĭ-tē)
The ethical principle or legal right that a physician or other health professional will hold secret all information relating to a patient, unless the patient gives consent permitting disclosure.

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