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

Tusk wants nominations to be wrapped up soon, seeking to prevent further erosion of public confidence in the EU amid Brexit uncertainty and intra-bloc divisions over managing migration. Washington Post, "EU leaders pull all-nighter at summit on key posts," 1 July 2019 Next up came the misfiring Diego Forlan, who struggled for form and confidence in a frustrating two-year spell with the Red Devils. SI.com, "Manchester United Confirm Squad Number for New Signing Daniel James," 1 July 2019 The rising sense of cooperation suggests that other leading regulatory agencies are gaining confidence in the U.S. process for assessing Boeing’s fix. Alan Levin, latimes.com, "Aircraft regulators will join forces to restore Boeing 737 Max to service," 28 June 2019 Lastly, those who have never been independent can lack confidence in their ability to manage a household or make decisions for their family. Jackie Pilossoph, chicagotribune.com, "Column: This year, celebrate your own personal Independence Day," 27 June 2019 For Saffitz, doing difficult work builds her confidence. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz at Work, "Bon Appétit’s Gourmet Makes is a great way to learn how to be productive at work," 27 June 2019 Upon reestablishing a patient’s confidence in this regard, time in bed is gradually increased. Mayo Oshin, Quartzy, "Five scientifically proven ways to fall asleep faster," 19 June 2019 Sunday’s election highlights the vast challenges its next president will face – including the lack of confidence in government leadership, which helps propel many people north. The Christian Science Monitor, "A global moment for the #MeToo movement," 19 June 2019 A decade later, when Deng in 1987 lost confidence in the liberal, reforming party secretary Hu Yaobang, the process repeated itself. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019

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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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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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