What does confidence mean?

Definitions for confidence
ˈkɒn fɪ dənscon·fi·dence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, surenessnoun

    freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

    "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"

  2. confidencenoun

    a feeling of trust (in someone or something)

    "I have confidence in our team"; "confidence is always borrowed, never owned"

  3. confidencenoun

    a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable

    "public confidence in the economy"

  4. confidence, trustnoun

    a trustful relationship

    "he took me into his confidence"; "he betrayed their trust"

  5. confidencenoun

    a secret that is confided or entrusted to another

    "everyone trusted him with their confidences"; "the priest could not reveal her confidences"


  1. confidencenoun


  2. confidencenoun

    Expression or feeling of certainty.

  3. confidencenoun

    The quality of trusting.

  4. confidencenoun

    Information held in secret.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Confidencenoun

    Etymology: confidentia, Latin.

    Society is built upon trust, and trust upon confidence of one another’s integrity. Robert South, Sermons.

    Alas, my lord,
    Your wisdom is consum’d in confidence:
    Do not go forth to-day. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    His times, being rather prosperous than calm, had raised his confidence by success. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    He had an ambition and vanity, and a confidence in himself, which sometimes intoxicated, and transported, and exposed him. Edward Hyde.

    These fervent reprehenders of things established by publick authority, are always confident and bold-spirited men; but their confidence, for the most part, riseth from too much credit given to their own wits, for which cause they are seldom free from errors. Richard Hooker, Dedication.

    Be merciful unto them which have not the confidence of good works. 2 Esd. viii. 36.

    Just confidence, and native righteousness,
    And honour. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix. l. 1056.

    Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God. 1 Jo. iii. 21.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confidencenoun

    the act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in; trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now commonly by in

  2. Confidencenoun

    that in which faith is put or reliance had

  3. Confidencenoun

    the state of mind characterized by one's reliance on himself, or his circumstances; a feeling of self-sufficiency; such assurance as leads to a feeling of security; self-reliance; -- often with self prefixed

  4. Confidencenoun

    private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them

  5. Confidencenoun

    trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved

  6. Confidencenoun

    having self-reliance; bold; undaunted

  7. Confidencenoun

    having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous

  8. Confidencenoun

    giving occasion for confidence


  1. Confidence

    Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective. Self-confidence is having confidence in oneself. Arrogance or hubris in this comparison, is having unmerited confidence—believing something or someone is capable or correct when they are not. Overconfidence or presumptuousness is excessive belief in someone succeeding, without any regard for failure. Confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. confidence

    The one big lesson the world needs most to learn.

Editors Contribution

  1. confidence

    The specific intuitive ability, act, fact, sense, feeling, knowing, understanding and trust to express the truth of our soul accurately, perfectly and simply.

    We have absolute confidence in our ability for our future says my fiance to me, United together for eternity, WE are unity and WE are WE.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confidence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1475

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confidence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2170

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confidence' in Nouns Frequency: #661

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confidence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confidence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of confidence in a Sentence

  1. Mary Jo White:

    Being a private company comes with serious obligations to investors and the markets, for the new and evolving markets to be successful, all investors need confidence that they are being treated fairly and that the full range of risks are transparently disclosed.

  2. Scott Stringer:

    The company will not succeed in restoring investor confidence in its business practices and compliance until it heeds the calls to overhaul its board.

  3. Valerie Montgomery Rice:

    We were doing this so that people have confidence, i think we have shown that there may have been some hesitancy, but we are clearly, based on the lines you're seeing, moving to vaccine acceptance.

  4. Jonathan Diaz:

    The justification that all of those legislators have cited is that' the public has lost confidence in our election system.' What those legislators are leaving out is their role in creating that lack of confidence, there were no allegations of fraud that were substantiated in the 2020 election.

  5. Jaisal Pastakia:

    The ECB has a huge task this week to restore confidence and trust in financial markets, the ECB’s record has been commendable ... but the stakes are getting higher.

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Translations for confidence

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  • الثقةArabic
  • самоувереност, поверително съобщение, сигурност, вяра, довериеBulgarian
  • confiançaCatalan, Valencian
  • jistota, důvěrnost, sebevědomí, důvěra, tajemstvíCzech
  • selvtillidDanish
  • Vertraulichkeit, Vertrauen, Zuversicht, Zutrauen, SelbstvertrauenGerman
  • αυτοπεποίθησηGreek
  • certeza propia, confidencia, certeza, certidumbreSpanish
  • اعتماد به نفسPersian
  • itseluottamus, luottamusFinnish
  • confidence, confiance, assurance, confiance en soiFrench
  • यक़ीनHindi
  • bizonyosság, magabiztosság, bizalmasság, bizalomHungarian
  • kepercayaanIndonesian
  • certezza, confidenza, sicurezza, autostima, fiduciaItalian
  • 信任, 自信, 信用, 信頼, 確信, 打ち明け話, 秘密Japanese
  • 자신, 속내, 신임, 확실성, 신용, 확신, 확실하다, 비밀, 신뢰Korean
  • confidentiaLatin
  • māiaMāori
  • vertrouwenDutch
  • selvtillitNorwegian
  • confiançaPortuguese
  • confidență, siguranțăRomanian
  • уверенность, самоуверенностьRussian
  • güvenTurkish
  • 信心Chinese

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    be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
    • A. jeopardize
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    • C. attend
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