- The definition of confidence is trust, faith, self-assurance or something told in secret.
- An example of confidence is the belief that the sun will rise tomorrow morning.
- An example of confidence is a student feeling positive and prepared for a test they are about to take.
- An example of confidence is a friend telling you they are pregnant before telling anyone else.
confidence definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- firm belief; trust; reliance
- the fact of being or feeling certain; assurance
- belief in one's own abilities; self-confidence
- a relationship as confidant: take me into your confidence
- the belief that another will keep a secret; assurance of secrecy: told in strict confidence
- something told as a secret
- Bible object of trust: Prov. 3:26
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin confidentia ; from confidens, present participle of confide
swindling or used to swindle
confidence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Trust or faith in a person or thing.
- A trusting relationship: I took them into my confidence.
- a. That which is confided; a secret: A friend does not betray confidences.b. A feeling of assurance that a confidant will keep a secret: I am telling you this in strict confidence.
- A feeling of assurance, especially of self-assurance.
- The state or quality of being certain: I have every confidence in your ability to succeed.
Of, relating to, or involving a swindle or fraud: a confidence scheme; a confidence trickster.