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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On June 27, 2017, an individual who would become a confidential informant, drove to the ranch and found the Jacksons looking at something on the ground and shaking their heads, the affidavit said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Gunnison County woman guilty of tampering with corpse after brother’s remains buried with goat heads," 13 Sep. 2019 The defendant once tried to recruit a confidential informant to travel to Syria to fight for the group, the papers say. Washington Post, "Defiant terror defendant makes lawyer enter not guilty plea," 11 Sep. 2019 Shihadeh immediately went to work for police as a confidential informant. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "Dalia Dippolito’s murder-for-hire case won’t be reviewed by high court," 4 Sep. 2019 The federal agent was introduced to Larson through a confidential police informant who learned of Larson’s desire to get rid of his associate, according to the complaint. oregonlive.com, "Alleged marijuana trafficker in southern Oregon accused in murder-for-hire scheme," 26 Aug. 2019 In a subsequent investigation, police accused Goines of lying in a search warrant about having a confidential informant buying heroin at the home. Fox News, "Ex-Houston police officer charged with felony murder in deadly drug raid," 24 Aug. 2019 He was charged with two counts of felony murder after police accused him of lying in a search warrant about having a confidential informant buying heroin at the home. CBS News, "Ex-Houston police officer charged with murder over deadly drug raid," 23 Aug. 2019 Police have said Goines used a confidential informant to confirm that drugs were being sold in the home that police raided, according to affidavits obtained by CNN. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Former Houston officer accused of lying faces murder charges after botched raid," 23 Aug. 2019 Police documents say the warrant for the Harding Street home was justified by claims that a confidential informant bought heroin there and saw a weapon. NBC News, "Ex-Houston police officer charged with murder after deadly drug raid," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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