confidence

noun
con·​fi·​dence | \ ˈkän-fə-dən(t)s How to pronounce confidence (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The team Yeagley takes to North Carolina, however, won’t want for confidence, nor experience at the highest level of the sport. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Todd Yeagley, IU soccer riding years of sustained elite success into NCAA tournament," 29 Apr. 2021 Finally, many directors are hesitant to advocate for them in case it is seen as a lack of confidence in the management team. Priya Cherian Huskins, Forbes, "Extra Liability Coverage For Independent Directors--What Are My Options?," 28 Apr. 2021 Tyson has expressed confidence the fight will happen. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis in negotiations for possible exhibition fight in September," 28 Apr. 2021 Any of these implications seems to evidence a lack of confidence in the American justice system. Arkansas Online, "Ill-timed statements," 25 Apr. 2021 Additionally, campus group the Higher Education Action Team, has collected over 2,200 signatures on a petition of no-confidence in the administration. Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. City College students, faculty protest impending massive cuts to classes and teachers," 22 Apr. 2021 Gill's new show of confidence in GameStop sent shares climbing during premarket trading over the weekend. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "GameStop shares rally on same day CEO announces he is stepping down," 19 Apr. 2021 My decision is not a lack of confidence in any of the other officers. cleveland, "Karl Dietz appointed next Pepper Pike police chief," 19 Apr. 2021 The bigger worry is that the J&J pause could deliver a serious psychological blow to confidence in vaccines generally. Angela Dewan, CNN, "The US could have 300M extra vaccines. Why won't it share?," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of confidence was in the 14th century

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2 May 2021

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“Confidence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confidence. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce confidence (audio) \

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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