Definition of confidential
confidentialityplay \ˌkän-fə-ˌden(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
confidentiallyplay \ˌkän-fə-ˈden(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of confidential in a Sentence
These documents are completely confidential.
“I have something to tell you,” John said in a confidential tone.
Her voice was quiet and confidential.
She worked as a confidential secretary to the mayor for many years.
Recent Examples of confidential from the Web
The event includes recycling of electronics, books, paint, batteries, bikes, garden tools, fluorescent tubes and offers confidential document shredding.
In January, Tesla sued Sterling Anderson — the former head of its Autopilot self-driving software division — claiming theft of confidential information and poaching of Tesla employees to join his own autonomous vehicle start-up, Aurora Innovation.
Later that month, Worrall allegedly gave Blaszczak confidential internal documents laying out a plan for Medicare to slash its pay rates for dialysis.
The City Council does not have an official say in the confidential hiring process, though some candidates have met informally with members of the council.
British officials say that have received assurances from U.S. authorities that confidential material will be protected.
The state Department of Revenue Services is prevented by law from releasing confidential tax returns of any individuals, but Sullivan can talk about them as a group.
TMG opposed the motion, arguing that some of the new allegations are based on confidential information that should be sealed — and that the woman perjured herself during her testimony.
Big companies often ask top executives who have access to confidential business information to sign noncompete agreements.
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Origin and Etymology of confidential
First Known Use: 1759
CONFIDENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confidential for English Language Learners
: secret or private
: showing that you are saying something that is secret or private
: trusted with secret or private information
CONFIDENTIAL Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of confidential
1 : known or conveyed only to a limited number of people a confidential disclosure
2 : marked by or indicative of intimacy, mutual trust, or willingness to confide especially between parties one of whom is in a position of superiority the confidential relationship of doctor and patient
3 : containing information whose unauthorized disclosure could be prejudicial to the national interest
confidentiality\ˌkän-fi-ˌden-chē-ˈa-lə-tē\ play noun
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