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adjective con·fi·dent \ˈkän-fə-dənt, -ˌdent\

Simple Definition of confident

  • : having a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something : having confidence

  • : showing that you have confidence

  • : certain that something will happen or that something is true

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of confident

  1. 1 :  full of conviction :  certain <confident of success> <confident that conditions will improve>

  2. 2 :  having or showing assurance and self-reliance <a confident young businessman> <a confident manner>

  3. 3 obsolete :  trustful, confiding



Examples of confident in a sentence

  1. I am confident about my ability to do the job.

  2. The players seem more relaxed and confident this season.

  3. He has become more confident in his Spanish-speaking skills.

  4. They have a confident air about them.

  5. We are confident that conditions will improve soon.

Origin and Etymology of confident

Latin confident-, confidens, from present participle of confidere

First Known Use: circa 1567

CONFIDENT Defined for Kids


adjective con·fi·dent \ˈkän-fə-dənt\

Definition of confident for Students

  1. :  having or showing sureness and optimism



Word Root of confident

The Latin word fidēs, meaning “faith,” gives us the root fid. Words from the Latin fidēs have something to with being faithful. Fidelity is faith or loyalty. To confide in someone is to show trust in the person by telling her or him a secret. Someone who is confident has faith that he or she will do something correctly and successfully.

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