noun con·fi·dence \ˈkän-fə-dən(t)s, -ˌden(t)s\

: a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something

: a feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something

: the feeling of being certain that something will happen or that something is true

Full Definition of CONFIDENCE

a :  a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances <had perfect confidence in her ability to succeed> <met the risk with brash confidence>
b :  faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way <have confidence in a leader>
:  the quality or state of being certain :  certitude <they had every confidence of success>
a :  a relation of trust or intimacy <took his friend into his confidence>
b :  reliance on another's discretion <their story was told in strictest confidence>
c :  support especially in a legislative body <vote of confidence>
:  a communication made in confidence :  secret <accused him of betraying a confidence>

First Known Use of CONFIDENCE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of CONFIDENCE

confidence, assurance, self-possession, aplomb mean a state of mind or a manner marked by easy coolness and freedom from uncertainty, diffidence, or embarrassment. confidence stresses faith in oneself and one's powers without any suggestion of conceit or arrogance <the confidence that comes from long experience>. assurance carries a stronger implication of certainty and may suggest arrogance or lack of objectivity in assessing one's own powers <handled the cross-examination with complete assurance>. self-possession implies an ease or coolness under stress that reflects perfect self-control and command of one's powers <answered the insolent question with complete self-possession>. aplomb implies a manifest self-possession in trying or challenging situations <handled the reporters with great aplomb>.



Definition of CONFIDENCE

:  of, relating to, or adept at swindling by false promises <a confidence game> <a confidence man>

First Known Use of CONFIDENCE

CONFIDENCE Defined for Kids


noun con·fi·dence \ˈkän-fə-dəns\

Definition of CONFIDENCE for Kids

:  a feeling of trust or belief <Do you have confidence in your partner?>
:  reliance on another's secrecy or loyalty <Remember, I told you that in confidence.>
:  2secret <Don't betray a confidence.>
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