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 Before the war, Maya was confident and independent. Arkansas Online, 24 July 2021 Scouting report: Ultra-confident playmaker, could be dark horse of the team’s draft class. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2021 Even as the Nazis invaded France in 1940, the cabarets and music halls of Paris carried on, its singers and dancers confident that France’s army would prevail. Timothy Schaffert, WSJ, 23 July 2021 This kind of negative nationalism is not conducive to China acting as a positive, confident, and stabilizing power in today’s world. David Shambaugh, Fortune, 30 June 2021 Investing the time and resources into better understanding how to capture talent within a new event landscape cannot only benefit audiences but can also ensure your talent feels confident, prepared and eager to work with you. Jessica Abel, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Every year, the scene seemed to get younger, more diverse, more experimental, more lighthearted, more confident. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 24 June 2021 Often overlooked for international competition assignments early in her senior elite career, Chiles, 20, has appeared confident, steady and dominant in 2021 and placed third all-around at the national championships earlier this month in Fort Worth. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 24 June 2021 So confident that manager Dave Roberts took Justin Turner out of the game in the fifth inning to give him some rest. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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