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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Recent Examples on the Web Hulking action heroes of the 1970s and 1980s spoke in deep and confident voices. Matt Craig, Washington Post, "As the world changes, so will the voice of the hero. Where does that leave Nolan North?," 4 Aug. 2020 Williams-Claussen feels confident that along her tribe’s remote section of coast, condors will have the space to find their niche in the wilderness. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Keep a Condor Wild," 4 Aug. 2020 That Mikal Bridges’ looks more explosive and confident. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Suns center Deandre Ayton shows promise, at least for one game," 1 Aug. 2020 From the coach:Satterfield confident Cardinals can put 'great product' on the field when season begins Prediction? Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Can Louisville football make ACC championship with new schedule? We break it down," 31 July 2020 As soon as it’s safe, the club will reopen the application process and audition new candidates: only strong, confident swimmers who can withstand cold water on top of the usual ocean currents. National Geographic, "What’s ‘wild swimming’? The perfect antidote to cabin fever," 29 June 2020 The Cowboys were living in the minds of every Niner fan, and their fans were smug and confident. Bruce Jenkins,, "Sporting Green reader memories: The play that launched the 49ers’ dynasty," 11 July 2020 For the Pacers to survive a first-round matchup with a team such as Boston or Miami, Turner is going to have to grow more confident as a scorer and a shooter while retaining his defensive identity. Nick Moyle,, "Former Texas bigs could play pivotal role in NBA restart," 11 July 2020 On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the most confident, the majority answered about a five. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "A Clear Creek ISD coach’s take on chances for football," 10 July 2020

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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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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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