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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Recent Examples on the Web

There's no doubt that this forward-thinking cover will also inspire other men and women to be confident in their own skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Love Magazine's David Beckham Cover Showing Off His Green Eyeshadow Is Incredible," 9 Jan. 2019 Advocates of the rule sued, confident the delay would be overturned since their grounds were similar to those for the SAFMR rule. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 But Republicans remain confident that Judge Kavanaugh will still be confirmed. Fox News, "Alan Dershowitz: Kavanaugh accuser must speak first," 21 Sep. 2018 There’s room for growth and change, especially with new buildings as confident and ambitious as 181 Fremont. John King, SFChronicle.com, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018 What to like: The Bears feel confident in Parkey, who enters his fifth NFL season with his fourth team. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Will Pat O'Donnell respond to competition in fight to stick with Bears?," 13 July 2018 Wolitzer’s writing is the literary equivalent of Jenny Lewis’s voice: clear, confident, and deceptively simple. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 More on the Tigers: Deatherage is playing relaxed, confident and loose, which is an important part of the puzzle. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers outfield prospect Brock Deatherage a 'Kirk Gibson guy'," 13 July 2018 Kevin De Bruyne is confident Belgium's thrilling World Cup quarter final victory over Brazil showcased to the rest of the world what the Red Devils are truly capable of. SI.com, "Kevin de Bruyne Sends Defiant Message to Rivals After Belgium Knock Out Brazil," 7 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'confident.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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

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