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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of confidere; CONFIDE

confident

adjective
     
con‧fi‧dent S2 W3
1 [not before noun] sure that something will happen in the way that you want or expect
confident (that)
We are confident next year's profits will be higher.
He is quietly confident that there will be no problems this time.
confident of
The Prime Minister appeared relaxed and confident of winning an overall majority.
The company is confident of success.
confident about
I feel quite confident about the future.
2 sure that you have the ability to do things well or deal with situations successfully:
Despite her disability, Philippa is very confident.
confident about
I feel much more confident about myself and my abilities these days.
confident smile/voice/manner etc
He began to read in a calm, confident voice.
3 sure that something is true
confident (that)
We are confident we have done nothing wrong.
He began to feel confident that Zaborski was only guessing.
It is not possible to give a confident answer to the question whether the delay was unreasonable.
! Do not confuse with the noun confidant (=someone you tell secrets or personal things to).
confidently adverb
self-confidentWORD FOCUS: confident WORD FOCUS: confident
confident about your abilities: confident, self-confident, sure of yourself, assured, poised

too confident: overconfident, cocky, brash

not confident: lack confidence, be insecure, be unsure of yourself

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