from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by assurance, as of success.
  • adj. Marked by confidence in oneself; self-assured. See Synonyms at sure.
  • adj. Very bold; presumptuous.
  • adj. Obsolete Confiding; trustful.

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  • adj. very sure of something; positive
  • adj. self-confident
  • n. Obsolete form of confidant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See confidant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having strong belief; fully assured.
  • Confiding; not entertaining suspicion or distrust.
  • Relying on one's self; full of assurance; bold; sometimes, overbold.
  • Giving occasion for confidence.
  • n. A confidant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or marked by confidence or assurance
  • adj. persuaded of; very sure
  • adj. not liable to error in judgment or action


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin cōnfīdēns, cōnfīdent-, present participle of cōnfīdere, to rely on; see confide.

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From Latin confidens ("confident, i.e. self-confident, in good or bad sense, bold, daring, audacious, impudent"), present participle of confidere ("to trust fully, confide"); see confide.


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