confidential

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adjective con·fi·den·tial \ˌkän-fə-ˈden(t)-shəl\

Definition of confidential

  1. 1 :  marked by intimacy or willingness to confide a confidential tone

  2. 2 :  private, secret confidential information

  3. 3 :  entrusted with confidences a confidential clerk

  4. 4 :  containing information whose unauthorized disclosure could be prejudicial to the national interest — compare secret, top secret

confidentiality

play \-ˌden(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

confidentially

play \-ˈden(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of confidential in a sentence

  1. These documents are completely confidential.

  2. I have something to tell you, John said in a confidential tone.

  3. Her voice was quiet and confidential.

  4. She worked as a confidential secretary to the mayor for many years.

Origin and Etymology of confidential

see confident


First Known Use: 1759


CONFIDENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

confidential

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adjective con·fi·den·tial \ˌkän-fə-ˈden(t)-shəl\

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

confidential

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adjective con·fi·den·tial \ˌkän-fə-ˈden-shəl\

Definition of confidential for Students

  1. 1 :  1secret 1 confidential information

  2. 2 :  indicating a need for secrecy She spoke in a confidential tone.

  3. 3 :  trusted with secret matters a confidential assistant

confidentially

adverb

Law Dictionary

confidential

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adjective con·fi·den·tial \ˌkän-fi-ˈden-chəl\

Legal Definition of confidential

  1. 1 :  known or conveyed only to a limited number of people a confidential disclosure

  2. 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. 3 :  containing information whose unauthorized disclosure could be prejudicial to the national interest

confidentiality

\ˌkän-fi-ˌden-chē-ˈa-lə-tē\ play noun

confidentially

adverb


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