confidential


con·fi·den·tial

adjective \ˌkän-fə-ˈden(t)-shəl\

: secret or private

: showing that you are saying something that is secret or private

: trusted with secret or private information

Full Definition of CONFIDENTIAL

1
:  marked by intimacy or willingness to confide <a confidential tone>
2
:  private, secret <confidential information>
3
:  entrusted with confidences <a confidential clerk>
4
:  containing information whose unauthorized disclosure could be prejudicial to the national interest — compare secret, top secret
con·fi·den·ti·al·i·ty \-ˌden(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
con·fi·den·tial·ly \-ˈden(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of CONFIDENTIAL

  1. These documents are completely confidential.
  2. I have something to tell you, John said in a confidential tone.
  3. Her voice was quiet and confidential.
  4. She worked as a confidential secretary to the mayor for many years.

First Known Use of CONFIDENTIAL

1759

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