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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Spokeswoman Sarah Hoye said that supporting documents sent to the Justice Department were confidential. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR refers Johnson Controls case to state prosecutors over failing to report pollution," 7 June 2019 Mueller operates under different legal authority than Starr did, and the regulation under which he was appointed states that the final report on prosecutorial decisions should be confidential. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The Mueller investigation has gotten closer to Donald Trump," 6 Dec. 2018 And there's a process within the committee to investigate allegations like that, that is discrete, that is confidential, that is searching for the truth and not politics. Fox News, "Kevin Hassett talks corporate tax cut, rising wages," 24 Sep. 2018 Previously, all such information was confidential under court rules. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "State court agency has paid more than $800,000 since 2010 to settle legal claims, records show," 5 July 2018 None wanted to be identified because the terms of the deal were confidential. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Troubled tech startup Vysk seems to have gone stealth," 23 June 2018 In Florida, child welfare court records are confidential. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "Public's right of access to court recording in child death case upheld," 13 June 2018 All reports are confidential, according to DPS, but users have the option to provide contact information for authorities to ask follow-up questions. Andrea Zelinski, Houston Chronicle, "Texas wants citizen help preventing school shootings, criminal activity," 8 June 2018 Colleen Younger, Lindauer's chief of staff, said in an email that such information is confidential under the Open Records Act at this early stage of the appeals process. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Matt Bevin appeals higher tax value placed on his Anchorage mansion," 22 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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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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