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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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British Dictionary definitions for confidentially

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 confidentially

confidential

adj.

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

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