con·fi·dent | \ ˈkän-fə-dənt , -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

After trying out for the U.S. under-16 national team last year, St. Frances’ Angel Reese felt much more confident in her ability to compete for a spot on the U17 team this summer. Katherine Dunn,, "After missing cut for U.S. team, St. Frances star Angel Reese plans more hoops, closer look at big offers," 14 July 2018 Trump seems to be growing more confident in his willingness to grant pardons for high-profile criminal convictions. Matt Pearce,, "With two pardons, Trump wins goodwill in the ranching world," 11 July 2018 Still, pundits are confident about Kavanugh’s chances. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 Reasons Why Supreme Court Nominations Have Failed," 10 July 2018 Experienced International staff will help players improve their core techniques and become more confident on the ball. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "British Soccer Camp coming to Roosevelt Park in Oconomowoc," 9 July 2018 That transition from stable quadruped to confident biped took a long time as new members of the human family tree evolved. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Toddler Was at Home on the Ground and in the Trees," 5 July 2018 Been more confident with it and holed some more putts. Christopher Hanna,, "J.B. Holmes' Back Nine Play Propels Him To Travelers Championship Contention," 24 June 2018 Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm is still grounded, but getting more confident with each race., "Supporters of Hayward's east grandstand about out of options: Oregon track & field rundown," 12 June 2018 During his first 17 months as president, Donald Trump has grown ever more confident in his fitness for the job — while remaining resolutely unwilling to execute the most basic responsibilities of his office. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Briefing Book Includes ‘Screen Grabs of Cable-News Chyrons’," 8 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of confident

: having or showing sureness and optimism

Other words from confident

confidently adverb

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