Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

Latin cōnfīdēns, cōnfīdent-, present participle of cōnfīdere, to rely on; see confide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • V. iv.8 (521,1) the confident tyrant/Keeps still in Dunsinane, and will endure/Our setting down before't] He was _confident_ of success; so

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  • Tom Quinn, a longtime political adviser, said Mr. Brown began the term confident that what had worked before would again.

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  • On top, her expression confident, Sumi lowered her head.

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  • Firstly, always remain confident and resolute when addressing someone who you believe has wronged you.

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  • More confident is a good way to describe the president's mood when it comes to the overall economic outlook; extraordinarily cautious - his choice of words when looking at the economy from the perspective the matters most of everyday Americans.

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  • And romantic it certainly was — the fog, like the grey shadow of infinite mystery, brooding over the whirling speck of earth; and men, mere motes of light and sparkle, cursed with an insane relish for work, riding their steeds of wood and steel through the heart of the mystery, groping their way blindly through the Unseen, and clamouring and clanging in confident speech the while their hearts are heavy with incertitude and fear.

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  • Over confident is the correct term ..... weak and naive Obama understands nothing about war, he only knows how to spend money we don't have.

    Obama 'confident' on July 2011 deadline in Afghanistan

  • We remain confident about our future and believe that we are on track to achieve our medium-term goals, Mr. Grubel said in a statement.

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  • "We remain confident in the safety and nutrition of our products, and we are in the process of responding to the letter and providing the additional information FDA requested," the company said.

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  • So confident is he, moreover, of the particular kind of beautiful object that is the focus of his fair, that since last year's fair, he has extended invitations to galleries specializing in Modern Art. This autumn, he has added those specializing in Tribal Arts. A magnificent Middle-Period Benin bronze head, for instance, will be available from Entwistle Gallery.

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