From Middle French confident, 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.
- very sure of something; positive
- I'm pretty confident that she's not lying, she's acting normally.
- (self-confident): self-assured
confident (plural confidents)
- Obsolete form of confidant.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for confident in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- confident in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- confident in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- “confident” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).