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[self-kon-fi-duh ns, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈkɒn fɪ dəns, ˈsɛlf-/
realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc.
excessive or inflated confidence in one's own judgment, ability, etc.
Origin of self-confidence
Related forms
self-confident, adjective
self-confidently, adverb
1. assurance, self-possession, self-respect, poise. 2. conceit, self-esteem. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • And, unlike others who'd begged off, he was ambitious and self-confident enough to think he could do the job quickly.
  • She was beautiful in an utterly natural and self-confident way.
  • But much has changed since that self-confident statement.
  • Yugoslavs discuss political topics without restraint, though usually with self-confident dogmatism.
  • He will know how to create a situation in which people turn to him because he is self-confident and he knows what he wants.
  • There was no way these self-confident upstarts could carry it off.
British Dictionary definitions for self-confident


confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc
Derived Forms
self-confident, adjective
self-confidently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-confident

1610s, from self- + confident. Related: self-confidently.



also self confidence, 1650s, from self- + confidence.

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