confidence

noun
con·​fi·​dence | \ ˈkän-fə-dən(t)s, -ˌden(t)s\

Definition of confidence

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances had perfect confidence in her ability to succeed met the risk with brash confidence
b : faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way have confidence in a leader
2 : the quality or state of being certain : certitude they had every confidence of success
3a : a relation of trust or intimacy took his friend into his confidence
b : reliance on another's discretion Their story was told in strictest confidence.
c : support especially in a legislative body vote of confidence
4 : a communication made in confidence : secret accused him of betraying a confidence

confidence

adjective

Definition of confidence (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or adept at swindling by false promises a confidence game a confidence man

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Noun

confidence, assurance, self-possession, aplomb mean a state of mind or a manner marked by easy coolness and freedom from uncertainty, diffidence, or embarrassment. confidence stresses faith in oneself and one's powers without any suggestion of conceit or arrogance. the confidence that comes from long experience assurance carries a stronger implication of certainty and may suggest arrogance or lack of objectivity in assessing one's own powers. handled the cross-examination with complete assurance self-possession implies an ease or coolness under stress that reflects perfect self-control and command of one's powers. answered the insolent question with complete self-possession aplomb implies a manifest self-possession in trying or challenging situations. handled the reporters with great aplomb

Examples of confidence in a Sentence

Noun

The class gave me more confidence. He lacked the confidence to succeed. The experience gave her the confidence to start her own business. Good grades boosted her confidence. It takes time to build confidence when you are learning a new skill. They have an air of confidence about them. She has done little to gain their confidence. School officials express confidence that the problem will soon be resolved.
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Then there’s Griffin, who did little in his NFL debut to instill confidence in his standing with the Seahawks. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "After a statistically empty rookie season, what’s next for Seahawks’ Shaquem Griffin?," 6 Jan. 2019 Eating dinner in a restaurant by yourself is a real test of confidence. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 There's a confidence that comes with watching other people doing it day to day and learning from them. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 The two recent launch contracts with the Japanese company reflect confidence in the reliability of its service, Dickinson said. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Entering a crowded market, Japan’s new rocket scores an early win," 21 Dec. 2018 Launching on November 14 for children ages 7 and up, Wonderscope is an augmented reality app that aims to reimagine children’s literature by engaging, mobilizing, and empowering its narrator, all while building confidence in reading aloud. Lizzie Garrett Mettler, Vogue, "With Wonderscope, a Tech Company Attempts the Unthinkable: Healthy Screen Time for Kids," 14 Nov. 2018 Evaluations discovered students learn a lot of soft skills around collaboration, and gain confidence in the garden. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban farms in New York schools are raising food to fight inequality," 27 Sep. 2018 The whole idea of this is to instill confidence in voters and the public that the system is secure,’’ Wyman said in an interview. Geoff Mulvihill, BostonGlobe.com, "No signs Russia targeting elections like 2016, US official says," 14 July 2018 While Norway, the largest oil producer in Europe, has not yet decided on whether to divest, the very suggestion is a signal of waning confidence in the future of the petroleum business by one of its major players. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Ireland Moves to Divest From Fossil Fuels," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of confidence

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confidence

Noun

Middle English confydence, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French confidence, borrowed from Latin confīdentia, from confīdent-, confīdens "trusting in oneself, confident" + -ia -ia entry 1

Adjective

from attributive use of confidence entry 1

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confidence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of confidence

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

: a feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something

: the feeling of being certain that something will happen or that something is true

confidence

noun
con·​fi·​dence | \ ˈkän-fə-dəns \

Kids Definition of confidence

1 : a feeling of trust or belief Do you have confidence in your partner?
3 : reliance on another's secrecy or loyalty Remember, I told you that in confidence.
4 : secret entry 2 Don't betray a confidence.

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