con·​fi·​dent ˈkän-fə-dənt How to pronounce confident (audio)
: full of conviction : certain
confident of success
confident that conditions will improve
: having or showing assurance and self-reliance
a confident young businessman
a confident manner
obsolete : trustful, confiding
confidently adverb

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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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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of confident was circa 1567

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“Confident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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con·​fi·​dent ˈkän-fəd-ənt How to pronounce confident (audio)
: having or showing confidence : sure, self-assured
confident of winning
a confident manner
confidently adverb

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