- 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.
The definition of confidence is trust, faith, self-assurance or something told in secret.
- 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 of confidenceMiddle English from Classical Latin confidentia from confidens, present participle of confide
swindling or used to swindle
- a. A belief or conviction that an outcome will be favorable: I have every confidence that we can find a solution.b. Belief in the certainty of something: The engineers determined with confidence that the ship could withstand heavy seas.
- Belief in the effectiveness of one's own abilities or in one's favorable acceptance by others; self-confidence.
- Trust or faith in a person or thing: We are placing our confidence in you to get the job done. See Synonyms at trust.
- 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.
Of, relating to, or involving a swindle or fraud: a confidence scheme; a confidence trickster.
From Middle French confidence, from Latin confidentia > confidere > con- + fidere > fides