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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Recent Examples on the Web The All-Star looked comfortable and confident, making 5 of his first 6 shots. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics stage massive comeback to stun Spurs in overtime as Jayson Tatum scores 60 points," 30 Apr. 2021 Some of these characteristics can make a person seem extremely compelling and confident at first, but narcissism is thought to be a cover for deep instability and insecurity. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Employee uses PTO to go AWOL," 30 Apr. 2021 Some of these characteristics can make a person seem extremely compelling and confident at first, but narcissism is thought to be a cover for deep instability and insecurity. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Employee uses PTO to go AWOL," 30 Apr. 2021 Some of these characteristics can make a person seem extremely compelling and confident at first, but narcissism is thought to be a cover for deep instability and insecurity. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Work manager needs to set PTO policy and enforce it," 30 Apr. 2021 And now that responsibility falls to Wilson, whose baby-faced looks belie his ultra-confident and competitive nature. Dennis Waszak Jr., courant.com, "Jets draft BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with No. 2 pick," 29 Apr. 2021 According to data from human resources consulting company Mercer, 81% of the leaders surveyed said they were engaged and confident in improving DE&I. Angela Chan, Forbes, "How Do You Decipher The Company With True Inclusive Values?," 27 Apr. 2021 On the brakes, the Cross Turismo is confident and brutally capable, never nervous—a useful trait on unfamiliar mountain roads. Nelson Ireson, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo Charges Ahead," 27 Apr. 2021 Plays with a nasty and confident demeanor on the field. USA TODAY, "2021 NFL draft CB rankings: Patrick Surtain II, Caleb Farley among top cornerback prospects," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Confident.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confident. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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