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

: 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

Full Definition of CONFIDENT

:  full of conviction :  certain <confident of success> <confident that conditions will improve>
:  having or showing assurance and self-reliance <a confident young businessman> <a confident manner>
obsolete :  trustful, confiding
con·fi·dent·ly adverb

Examples of CONFIDENT

  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.


Latin confident-, confidens, from present participle of confidere
First Known Use: circa 1567
CONFIDENTLY Defined for Kids


adjective con·fi·dent \ˈkän-fə-dənt\

Definition of CONFIDENT for Kids

:  having or showing sureness and optimism
con·fi·dent·ly adverb

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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