Definition of confidential
confidentialityplay \-ˌden(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
confidentiallyplay \-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.
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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