self-confidence

[self-kon-fi-duhns, self-]
noun
1.
realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc.
2.
excessive or inflated confidence in one's own judgment, ability, etc.

Origin:
1630–40

self-confident, adjective
self-confidently, adverb


1. assurance, self-possession, self-respect, poise. 2. conceit, self-esteem.
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self-confidence
 
n
confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc
 
self-'confident
 
adj
 
self-'confidently
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

self-confident
1617, from self + confident (q.v.).
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Example sentences
The catalyst seems to be having a self-confident and generous student, usually
  older, who injects a calming presence.
Among these people he was always self-confident and bold.
Still, the self-confident fatuity and condescension of the entire show are
  offensive.
They were well matched: both were self-confident, supremely intelligent, and
  well trained in the art of polemics.
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