confidential

adjective con·fi·den·tial \ ˌkän-fə-ˈden(t)-shəl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

confidentiality

play \ˌkän-fə-ˌden(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

confidentially

play \ˌkän-fə-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.

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Origin and Etymology of confidential



CONFIDENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

confidential

adjective

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

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

Definition of confidential for Students

1 :1secret 1
  • confidential information
2 :indicating a need for secrecy
  • She spoke in a confidential tone.
3 :trusted with secret matters
  • a confidential assistant

confidentially

adverb

Law Dictionary

confidential

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

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

play \ˌkän-fi-ˌden-chē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

confidentially

adverb


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