con·​fi·​dent | \ ˈkän-fə-dənt How to pronounce confident (audio) , -ˌdent \

Definition of confident

1 : full of conviction : certain confident of success confident that conditions will improve
2 : having or showing assurance and self-reliance a confident young businessman a confident manner
3 obsolete : trustful, confiding

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Other Words from confident

confidently adverb

Is it confident or confidant? (Or is it confidante?)

If you find yourself unsure whether you should choose confident or confidant don’t feel bad; confidant comes to English from the French word confident, and when the word first entered our language it was often spelled that way, rather than as confidant. The difference is quite simple: confidant is a noun (meaning "a person in whom you confide things"), and confident is an adjective (defined as “having confidence”). You may well be confident in your confidant, but you would not be confidant in your confident. Although this distinction has not always been observed by writers, confidante is generally used for a female confidant. The word confidant is more frequently used to describe a man, but it may be applied to either gender.

Examples of confident in a Sentence

I am confident about my ability to do the job. The players seem more relaxed and confident this season. He has become more confident in his Spanish-speaking skills. They have a confident air about them. We are confident that conditions will improve soon.
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Recent Examples on the Web Perot said businesses and consumers need to feel confident to make sure the economy does return to normal. Kyle Arnold, Dallas News, "Alliance Airport ‘fielding calls’ by companies wanting to move into Texas to get back to business," 21 May 2020 Study leaf patterns and learn what to look for (the blog Hunter Angler Gardener Cook is a good resource) to feel confident in your weed identification abilities. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Common Weeds in Your Backyard You Can Actually Eat," 21 May 2020 Then a couple of Cruise vehicles surprised me one week with displays of more confident driving. Tom Simonite, Wired, "As Machines Get Smarter, How Will We Relate to Them?," 19 May 2020 The wary, newly thrifty attitude is a stark departure for shoppers who, until the coronavirus hit, had been among the world's most confident. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "‘Revenge’ buying vs. rational consumption: How China is spending after coronavirus lockdowns," 17 May 2020 The oil-to-telecom conglomerate, which hopes to become a zero-debt company by March 2021, is now confident of meeting the target by the end of this calendar year. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "How Asia’s richest man racked up a $21 billion debt, and is now working overtime to clear it," 17 May 2020 Ultimately, the council felt confident voters would approve the full amount. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Tempe expects to ask voters to OK $349 million bond request in November," 15 May 2020 Hedge funds and venture-capital firms, which are in the business of predicting the future for companies and economies, are growing more confident researchers will develop effective drugs to fight the pandemic. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "Why Big Investors Aren’t Betting It All on a Coronavirus Cure," 14 May 2020 There the voice was male, bardic, authoritative, grown sweet and self-confident on the flattery of princes. The Economist, "Visions in the ordinary Eavan Boland died on April 27th," 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of confident

circa 1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confident

borrowed from Latin confīdent-, confīdens "trusting in oneself, assured, presumptuous," from present participle of confīdere "to put trust in, have confidence in, be sure" — more at confide

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The first known use of confident was circa 1567

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of confident

: having a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something : having confidence
: showing that you have confidence
: certain that something will happen or that something is true


con·​fi·​dent | \ ˈkän-fə-dənt How to pronounce confident (audio) \

Kids Definition of confident

: having or showing sureness and optimism

Other Words from confident

confidently adverb

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