confident

adjective
con·​fi·​dent | \ ˈkän-fə-dənt How to pronounce confident (audio) , -ˌdent\

Definition of confident

1 : full of conviction : certain confident of success confident that conditions will improve
2 : having or showing assurance and self-reliance a confident young businessman a confident manner
3 obsolete : trustful, confiding

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Other Words from confident

confidently adverb

Is it confident or confidant? (Or is it confidante?)

If you find yourself unsure whether you should choose confident or confidant don’t feel bad; confidant comes to English from the French word confident, and when the word first entered our language it was often spelled that way, rather than as confidant. The difference is quite simple: confidant is a noun (meaning "a person in whom you confide things"), and confident is an adjective (defined as “having confidence”). You may well be confident in your confidant, but you would not be confidant in your confident. Although this distinction has not always been observed by writers, confidante is generally used for a female confidant. The word confidant is more frequently used to describe a man, but it may be applied to either gender.

Examples of confident in a Sentence

I am confident about my ability to do the job. The players seem more relaxed and confident this season. He has become more confident in his Spanish-speaking skills. They have a confident air about them. We are confident that conditions will improve soon.
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Part of the reason Pressley and the rest of the Squad might feel confident in their pushback against Pelosi is because the Democrats are in the majority, said Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers and an expert on Congress. Laura Krantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Facing their toughest challenge, members of ‘the Squad’ turned to Pressley for her ‘positive, loving tone’," 16 July 2019 On the floor, Brogdon is confident in his ability to bring guys on the court together. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers call Malcolm Brogdon a ‘perfect fit’ to fill point guard needs," 7 July 2019 The financial markets were not immediately confident. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "In a quest to remain fiscally prudent, India’s budget stuck to the minimum," 6 July 2019 As a technology leader, feeling confident in determining the crucial 20% emerges as the most challenging aspect of applying the rule. Teresa Dietrich, Quartz at Work, "How to stay focused on the business decisions that matter most," 26 June 2019 Girls have been raised to be cowed, timid, and self-doubting, never feeling confident enough to raise their hands in school, while the boys have been taught to regard their every opinion, however unfounded, as wise, worthy, and wonderful. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 Prior to the vote, Hyde had been so confident that he could be seen all but dancing in a nearby hallway. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year," 4 June 2019 The Americans are feeling confident after defeating host nation France in the last round. Ed Brackett, USA TODAY, "USWNT vs. England, E. Jean Carroll book goes on sale, 'Spider-Man: Far From Home': 5 things to know Tuesday," 2 July 2019 The team remains confident in a returning core that includes Beverley, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Landry Shamet, Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari and Montrezl Harrell. Andrew Greif, latimes.com, "Clippers keep Patrick Beverley and stay focused on Kawhi Leonard," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of confident

circa 1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confident

borrowed from Latin confīdent-, confīdens "trusting in oneself, assured, presumptuous," from present participle of confīdere "to put trust in, have confidence in, be sure" — more at confide

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The first known use of confident was circa 1567

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confident

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of confident

: 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

confident

adjective
con·​fi·​dent | \ ˈkän-fə-dənt How to pronounce confident (audio) \

Kids Definition of confident

: having or showing sureness and optimism

Other Words from confident

confidently adverb

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