confidential

adjective
con·​fi·​den·​tial | \ ˌkän-fə-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce confidential (audio) \

Definition of confidential

1 : marked by intimacy or willingness to confide a confidential tone
2 : private, secret confidential information
3 : entrusted with confidences a confidential clerk
4 : containing information whose unauthorized disclosure could be prejudicial to the national interest — compare secret, top secret

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Other Words from confidential

confidentiality \ ˌkän-​fə-​ˌden(t)-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce confidential (audio) \ noun
confidentially \ ˌkän-​fə-​ˈden(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce confidential (audio) \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But The Times’s singular status has left its leaders, in a period of high-profile firings and departures, vainly insisting that the exits reflect the normal, confidential and complex workings of human resources. New York Times, "Postcard From Peru: Why the Morality Plays Inside The Times Won’t Stop," 14 Feb. 2021 Iran produced a small quantity of metallic uranium on Saturday, according to a confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and reported Thursday. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "White House gives conflicting answers on talks with Iran," 11 Feb. 2021 Last year, Cfius launched a new confidential tip line to help surface deals. Heather Somerville, WSJ, "Government ‘SWAT Team’ Is Reviewing Past Startup Deals Tied to Chinese Investors," 31 Jan. 2021 The settlement, which came after two legal battles and a confidential arbitration hearing, resolves all outstanding claims against Dentsu and its investment arm Amplifi. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Woodstock 50 Wins Damages From Japanese Financier Over Failed Festival," 29 Jan. 2021 Nearly 400 fishermen responded to the short, confidential survey launched last November, said senior consultant Hannah Heimbuch of Kodiak. Anchorage Daily News, "Nearly all Alaska and West Coast fishermen badly hurt by pandemic, survey indicates," 19 Jan. 2021 The missives' contents start off as confidential, but are often eventually made public by archivists, references in presidential memoirs or via social media after journalists and others filed requests to obtain them. Will Weissert, Star Tribune, "'Rooting hard for you': Will departure notes end with Trump?," 18 Jan. 2021 The couple finalized their divorce with a confidential settlement, per the magazine’s report, and did not have a prenup. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause’s Divorce Is Finally Final," 14 Jan. 2021 Office resigned after sharing confidential case information with multiple girlfriends, authorities said. Henri Hollis, ajc, "Forsyth County deputy resigns, accused of sending case information to girlfriends," 8 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of confidential

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confidential

Latin confīdentia, taken as base of confidence entry 1 + -al entry 1 (perhaps after French confidentiel)

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The first known use of confidential was in 1759

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22 Feb 2021

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“Confidential.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confidential. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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confidential

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of confidential

: secret or private
: showing that you are saying something that is secret or private
: trusted with secret or private information

confidential

adjective
con·​fi·​den·​tial | \ ˌkän-fə-ˈden-shəl How to pronounce confidential (audio) \

Kids Definition of confidential

1 : secret entry 1 sense 1 confidential information
2 : indicating a need for secrecy She spoke in a confidential tone.
3 : trusted with secret matters a confidential assistant

Other Words from confidential

confidentially adverb

confidential

adjective
con·​fi·​den·​tial | \ ˌkän-fi-ˈden-chəl How to pronounce confidential (audio) \

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

Other Words from confidential

confidentiality \ ˌkän-​fi-​ˌden-​chē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce confidential (audio) \ noun
confidentially adverb

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