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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Her confident play continued into the state tournament, where she was seeded third in the 16-player bracket. Tim Schwartz, Howard County Times, "Marriotts Ridge junior Veronica Cuellar repeats as girls tennis Player of the Year," 27 June 2018 Stofenmacher’s hope is that the hyper-detailed, transparent approach will leave customers feeling confident enough to actually order a four- or five-figure ring online. Emily Farra, Vogue, "With Vrai & Oro’s New 3-D Design Studio, You Can Dream Up a Custom Engagement Ring From the Comfort of Your Couch," 10 July 2018 Archaeologists are also confident that the tools are genuine. Colin Barras, Scientific American, "Tools from China are Oldest Hint of Human Lineage Outside Africa," 11 July 2018 But with positive, strong messages like Swanepoel’s, all moms should feel proud and confident of their shape. Blake Bakkila,, "This Victoria’s Secret Model’s Bikini Photos Are Proof You Don’t Have to Hide Your Postpartum Belly," 11 July 2018 With that being said, Doctson is confident the Redskins will be playoff contenders. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Former TCU WR Josh Doctson expects to do 'huge things' in Year 3 with Redskins," 7 July 2018 Rinkevics, whose country helped host these exercises, is confident the war games will continue. Time, "Trump Is Trying to Dismantle the World Order. Is NATO Next on His List?," 22 June 2018 Frostman’s confident navigation and narration calm my fears. Nancy Moreland, The Seattle Times, "Ready for takeoff: A nervous flyer takes on America’s Seaplane City," 3 July 2018 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

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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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