- told in confidence; imparted in secret
- of or showing trust in another; confiding
- not publicly or generally known; secret
- entrusted with private or secret matters: a confidential agent
- An example of confidential is a package that is only for the president.
- An example of confidential is a diary.
- An example of confidential is a government document.
The definition of confidential is secret, private, or shown in trust.
- Done or communicated in confidence; secret.
- Entrusted with the confidence of another: a confidential secretary.
- Denoting confidence or intimacy: a confidential tone of voice.
- Containing information, the unauthorized disclosure of which poses a threat to national security.
- con′fi·den′ti·al′i·ty con′fi·den′tial·ness
(comparative more confidential, superlative most confidential)
- (meant to be) kept secret within a certain circle of persons; not intended to be known publicly
- The newspaper claims a leaked confidential report by the government admits to problems with corrupt MPs.
- (dated) Inclined to share confidences.
- Sitting in front of the fire, they became quite confidential, and began to gossip.
From Latin confidentia + -al.
- "Well, never mind, some of the things can be unloaded," he added in a soft, confidential voice, as though afraid of being overheard.
- It keeps a register of British firms who may desire to receive confidential information relative to their respective trades and supplies that information free of charge.
- A good deal of special investigation relating to naval and especially submarine warfare was carried on during 1914-8, but the results of this confidential work were not published.
- As a result of the hostility between Kutuzov and Bennigsen, his Chief of Staff, the presence of confidential representatives of the Emperor, and these transfers, a more than usually complicated play of parties was going on among the staff of the army.
- He was occupied in trying to unite firmly together the whole evangelical movement; he laboured to give his countrymen a good system of schools; he was on the watch to defeat any attempt of the Roman Curia to regain its hold over Germany; and he was the confidential adviser of a large number of the evangelical princes.