confident

adjective
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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If this is the rebellion, no wonder Trump seems so confident. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Republicans Have Become the Except-When-Trump-Does-It Party," 6 June 2019 The 500 winner boasts ample reason to be confident. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar wraps up grueling stretch with second half of Texas two-step," 5 June 2019 Twenty-two years later, Parrish, 55, is happily selling a lot of Curry jerseys, confident that the NBA superstar has no aims to get his hands on Steve Kerr’s jugular. Ray Chavez, The Mercury News, "Goodbye Oracle: Longtime Arena workers reflect on Oakland’s final Warriors farewell," 4 June 2019 As the Syrian conflict enters its ninth year, the 53-year-old leader appears more secure and confident than at any time since the revolt against his rule began in 2011. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings," 13 Apr. 2019 There are the newcomers like Andie Swim and Summersalt, the classic brands like Anthropologie and Loft that are expanding their sizing to offer people of all shapes and sizes the opportunity to be stylish and confident all summer long. Glamour, "The Best New Plus-size Swimsuit Brands to Shop for Summer 2019," 22 May 2019 Sometimes, improv flops make people more confident in business settings. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "For Some Coders, Reskilling Involves a Mic and a Stage," 17 May 2019 The follow-up question is, what happens after female-identifying and nonbinary folks become more confident with their sexuality? Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Introducing Ferly, a Tech Startup Creating a Sex-Positive Space for Women — and It’s Not a Dating App," 14 May 2019 Instead, Hailey walked with Wang, and looked fantastic and confident on the red carpet. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Hailey Baldwin Wore a Bedazzled Thong on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 7 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'confident.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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confident

adjective

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

confident

adjective
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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