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From Middle French confidence, from Latin confidentia > confidere > con- + fidere > fides

  1. ( probability) Likelihood something is reliable.



confidence ‎(uncountable)

  1. Passive self-assurance.
  2. Expression or feeling of certainty.
  3. The quality of trusting.
  4. Information held in secret.


  • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, Internal Combustion[1]:
    But electric vehicles and the batteries that made them run became ensnared in corporate scandals, fraud, and monopolistic corruption that shook the confidence of the nation and inspired automotive upstarts.
  • 1956Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 39
    Khedron hesitated for a moment, wondering how far he should take Jeserac into his confidence. He knew that Jeserac was kindly and well-intentioned, but he also knew that he must be bound by the same taboos that controlled everyone on Diaspar.


  • (self-assurance): fear

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