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 confidentiality (audio) \ noun
confidentially \ ˌkän-​fə-​ˈden(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce confidentially (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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Published on Have a confidential tip for our reporters? Bloomberg.com, "Aircraft Diverted to Stansted Airport Following Security Alert, UK Police Say," 27 June 2019 Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support, information, and local resources, at 1-800-273-8255. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore police rescue man from top of Howard Street Bridge," 26 June 2019 The Seminole County Health Department is offering free, confidential HIV and STD testing today from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m at 400 W. Airport Blvd. in Sanford. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "It’s National HIV Testing Day. Here’s where you can get tested," 26 June 2019 Court documents say Alowemer provided Google satellite maps to the FBI undercover employee and the confidential source describing routes of arrival and escape to the church. NBC News, "Syrian refugee charged with plotting to bomb Pennsylvania church," 19 June 2019 The service is free, confidential, and available to individuals in Arizona. Grace Oldham, azcentral, "A magazine promised $100 for published work, but they sent cookbooks and a cap instead. Call for Action stepped in to help," 17 June 2019 The pop-up offers to connect people with free and confidential treatment referrals and information about substance use, prevention and recovery. Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Seattle Times, "Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse.," 25 Sep. 2018 Penn Benjamins consists of about 45 student volunteers who hold free and confidential counseling hours five nights a week on campus. Aneri Pattani, chicagotribune.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "New dash cam footage shows Houston-area officers saving woman from bridge," 31 May 2018

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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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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 confidentiality (audio) \ noun
confidentially adverb

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