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[kon-fi-duh nt] /ˈkɒn fɪ dənt/
having strong belief or full assurance; sure:
confident of fulfillment.
sure of oneself; having no uncertainty about one's own abilities, correctness, successfulness, etc.; self-confident; bold:
a confident speaker.
excessively bold; presumptuous.
Obsolete. trustful or confiding.
Origin of confident
1570-80; < Latin confīdent- (stem of confīdēns), present participle of confīdere. See confide, -ent
Related forms
confidently, adverb
hyperconfident, adjective
hyperconfidently, adverb
nonconfident, adjective
nonconfidently, adverb
quasi-confident, adjective
quasi-confidently, adverb
superconfident, adjective
superconfidently, adverb
ultraconfident, adjective
unconfident, adjective
unconfidently, adverb
Can be confused
confidant, confidante, confident.
1. certain, positive. See sure. 2. self-reliant, assured, intrepid.
2. modest, diffident. Unabridged
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  • Discuss the exits with your navigator, go around again if necessary, and then confidently wing off on the exit of your choice.
  • They wag their tails and pull confidently towards the shiny new object of desire.
  • Always making sure to walk confidently and with the dogs beside you or behind you and not pulling.
  • Starting on familiar ground helps students begin speaking confidently.
  • Intellectuals should not be smugly theorizing endless war, much less confidently promoting and excusing it.
  • Speak clearly and confidently but not stridently or arrogantly.
  • Your question is framed too loosely for me to answer intelligently or confidently.
  • But the error bars on the observations are high, and scientists cannot confidently forecast the future of the ice.
  • He declaimed it confidently, without a glance at the manuscript.
  • Her hair is long and wavy, and she moves deliberately, confidently.
British Dictionary definitions for confidently


(postpositive) foll by of. having or showing confidence or certainty; sure: confident of success
sure of oneself; bold
presumptuous; excessively bold
Derived Forms
confidently, 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 confidently



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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