confident

adjective
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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Some people may feel more confident that a medication marketed to help them fall asleep will do so than a medication used off-label. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Bad Is It to Take an Antihistamine to Sleep Every Night?," 13 Dec. 2018 She's just gotten so much more confident over the years, and it's been so fun to watch. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Director Was as Surprised as You Were about Her Unexpected Note to Pete Davidson," 1 Dec. 2018 Management sounds more confident in its ability to improve Family Dollar, but the challenges remain fundamentally the same, said Gordon Haskett analyst Chuck Grom in a research note. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Dollar Tree Sales Rise, Though Weakness Persists in Family Dollar Banner," 29 Nov. 2018 That really makes me a lot more confident in Chevy as a brand. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "How James David Power III created the only car ranking company you’ve ever heard of.," 27 Nov. 2018 For InSight, however, mission managers are slightly more confident than usual. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s how NASA will attempt to land on the Red Planet Monday," 26 Nov. 2018 Hearing from people who talk openly about their #PerfectlyMe journeys inspires us all to feel more confident. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "Body Confidence Day is Back and We Want To Hear From You!," 17 Oct. 2018 Several factors make scientists more confident in pointing the climate-change finger at Florence. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Scientists: World's warming; expect more intense hurricanes," 15 Sep. 2018 For those that aren't the most confident in their eye shadow skills, let Hyungwon give you some sultry fall makeup inspiration. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Monsta X's 9 Most Daring Eye Makeup Looks From the "Shoot Out" Music Video," 22 Oct. 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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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 \

Kids Definition of confident

: having or showing sureness and optimism

Other Words from confident

confidently adverb

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