Definition of confidence in English:



mass noun
  • 1The feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something.

    ‘we had every confidence in the staff’
    ‘he had gained the young man's confidence’
    • ‘Furthermore, the trial process depends upon our confidence in the jury system.’
    • ‘In the absence or lack of confidence in the police, communities rely on people to be fixers.’
    • ‘She had powerful faith and confidence in each one of her students, and in the Buddhist techniques of awakening.’
    • ‘It is my warmest pleasure soliciting your confidence in this transaction, which I propose to you as a person of transparency and caliber.’
    • ‘Internet banking provides that opportunity but it depends on customer confidence in the system's security.’
    • ‘It does seem, however, that the loss of certainty about what America stands for is part of a broader sense of despair and loss of confidence in belief and values.’
    • ‘It could be that the action was minor but sustained over a long period of time, thereby eroding good faith and confidence in collective bargaining.’
    • ‘On one hand, life was an ongoing virtual rollercoaster where anyone who had confidence in their beliefs and the will to make them into a reality could indeed do so.’
    • ‘This uncertainty implies a lack of complete confidence in our beliefs.’
    • ‘Could one ever have total confidence in the scientificity of a text that relied on such an improper device?’
    • ‘They go to the heart of the public's belief and confidence in the integrity of its public representatives.’
    • ‘There is a total collapse of confidence in the integrity of his government and a widespread belief that honours are bartered around like second hand cars.’
    • ‘But we'll be going there with plenty of confidence in the belief that we can get the result we want.’
    • ‘But neither the speed nor the agent of these radical reforms inspires confidence in their good faith.’
    • ‘The degree of cross referencing will depend on one's confidence in the source, as well as the predicted opposition to the information.’
    • ‘He felt able to retain confidence in his faith while making scientific advancements which could be portrayed as undermining his beliefs.’
    • ‘Faith requires confidence in the experience of our own interior personality, and herein lies its certainty.’
    • ‘It is today an increasing leap of faith to have confidence in the fidelity of structured finance.’
    • ‘I don't know if it was for lack of interest or lack of confidence in the current system, but the youth voter turnout was only marginally higher.’
    • ‘It is essential that people retain faith and confidence in the judicial system.’
    trust, belief, faith, credence, conviction
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    1. 1.1 The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.
      ‘I can say with confidence that I have never before driven up this street’
      • ‘What I can comment on with a certain degree of confidence is his commitment to democracy promotion.’
      • ‘Grant us a sense of confidence and certitude that challenges all doubt and disappointment.’
      • ‘Let the record show I was wrong, and by all means keep that in mind the next time I speak with confidence and assurance.’
      • ‘I would conclude with high confidence from the data that they provided, from all that we saw, that that happened.’
      • ‘Film hasn't existed that long, so I say that with a certain amount of confidence.’
      • ‘Again, this allows booksellers to order stock for customers with confidence, based on reliable availability figures and lead times.’
      • ‘One thing I can say with a fair degree of confidence is that she certainly doesn't want anyone to think of her as a liberal now days.’
      • ‘When there is a plan in place and a method for carrying it out, there is a sense of confidence and assurance that the outcome will be positive.’
      • ‘The election is so near, and the polls so close, that it's now a mug's game to predict the outcome with anything approaching confidence, let alone certainty.’
      • ‘He has risen to this responsibility with a kind of certainty and confidence and determination and persistence.’
      • ‘These predictions have various levels of confidence or reliability.’
      • ‘Registration systems are commonplace on chat sites and provide chatters with a certain degree of confidence that the people they are talking to are who they say they are.’
      • ‘We can now, with some assurance and confidence, claim that our democracy is firmly established.’
      • ‘Well, I certainly can say with confidence that the sequel was a better movie than its predecessor.’
      sureness, positiveness, conviction, certitude, reliability, assuredness, assurance, validity, conclusiveness, authoritativeness, truth, fact, factualness
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    2. 1.2 A feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.
      ‘she's brimming with confidence’
      in singular ‘he would walk up those steps with a confidence he didn't feel’
      • ‘This is an ideal opportunity to develop both your confidence and your ability at public speaking, both of which would be useful to everyone.’
      • ‘It enhances my ability, gives me confidence and makes me stronger.’
      • ‘Optimism is the ability to maintain confidence and enthusiasm and view the world positively.’
      • ‘It was an adult drug that bestowed adult qualities such as confidence, glamour, and the knack for witty repartee.’
      • ‘His confidence and his ability to keep one step ahead of the questions are masterful.’
      • ‘It seems the man just needed to find the confidence to assert those qualities that make him one of Canada's most unique film-makers.’
      • ‘He's not got a lot of confidence about his acting ability, but I actually think he's not half bad.’
      • ‘Their confidence and self-assurance is indeed palpable, as is their ability to express themselves uninhibitedly.’
      • ‘Together they have successfully designed 10 projects to improve the health, confidence and quality of life of children and young people.’
      • ‘But children need to be able to take acceptable risks in an environment that allows them to extend their abilities and confidence.’
      • ‘One thing for certain though is that we have a squad full of quality and confidence, and that last season's treble is only a sign of things to come.’
      • ‘You need to have confidence and courage, but too much confidence is a dangerous quality in a skydiver.’
      • ‘What we need is the ability and confidence to police ourselves.’
      • ‘It'll help her gain confidence - a quality she'll need to make her own friends.’
      • ‘Hopefully he will bring a cutting edge to our backs and he is certainly playing with a lot of confidence, a distinct quality which he seems to always have on the pitch.’
      • ‘His confidence draws on his ability to laugh at himself.’
      • ‘But we can't afford to let workplace challenges sap our confidence and ability to perform.’
      • ‘The drill improves execution, strengthens rebounding ability, and builds confidence.’
      • ‘With this new confidence, your skiing ability will naturally increase.’
      • ‘If you pick the pair that's right for you, not just for your style of skiing, but for your confidence and ability, you can vastly improve your time on the mountain.’
      self-assurance, self-confidence, self-reliance, belief in oneself, faith in oneself, positiveness, assertiveness, self-possession, nerve, poise, aplomb, presence of mind, phlegm, level-headedness, cool-headedness, firmness, courage, boldness, mettle, fortitude
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  • 2The telling of private matters or secrets with mutual trust.

    ‘someone with whom you may raise your suspicions in confidence’
    • ‘Ultimately, in fact, the young person, whose medical practitioner must keep the matter in confidence, gets to make that choice.’
    • ‘On the basis that the wedding was private, they claim for breach of confidence, a duty, in that circumstance, owed only to them.’
    • ‘Their findings were reported back in confidence to the Home Secretary and a deportation order was issued.’
    • ‘All nominations will be treated in confidence.’
    • ‘He argued there was no absolute law of privacy in Britain and that the only possible basis for her case was breach of confidence.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the council said that the documents could not be released because many of the submissions were given in confidence and were not for public consumption.’
    • ‘Private health issues including sexual health are held in confidence by the young person and their doctor just like anyone else's health records.’
    • ‘He urged the public to come forward with information - in confidence if necessary - to help the police to continue their crackdown on drugs.’
    • ‘Then he'll ask, in confidence, why, have you heard something different?’
    • ‘He didn't want to betray Miranda's trust by telling Jessica things she had told him in confidence.’
    • ‘He said residents could provide the police with information in confidence, because they could use information with or without a name to get a better picture of what is going on.’
    • ‘He urged people to inform Gardaí about illegal drug activity in their area and promised that all information given would be in confidence.’
    • ‘An employee or player likes to know when he/she walks into the manager's office that whatever is discussed between them is in confidence.’
    • ‘Of course, when someone does come to me in a client capacity, to make a confession or talk in confidence, the same rules apply as for all those counselling professions.’
    • ‘Contact us, in confidence, at the Pastoral Centre, Charlestown.’
    • ‘Any local police matters or advice on council matters may be raised in confidence.’
    • ‘I would encourage members of the public to report breaches to us in confidence.’
    • ‘Detectives said they received an earlier mystery call from a man who gave a false name and address, and reiterated their appeal for him to come forward and talk in confidence.’
    • ‘If you are someone who is anxious, depressed or having a problem do come along to this clinic where you can discuss in confidence any matters you need to.’
    • ‘We are simply providing a medium for people to tell us their experiences in confidence and presenting them to the public who can then make up their own minds.’
    1. 2.1often confidencescount noun A secret or private matter told to someone under a condition of trust.
      ‘the girls exchanged confidences about their parents’
      • ‘He shared private letters, conversations, and confidences.’
      • ‘Some researchers find it hard to leave the field, mostly because in the course of the research one inevitably makes rewarding relationships, in which confidences are exchanged which seem more than just doing the job.’
      • ‘Anna divulges intimate details of her marriage and starts to demand an exchange of confidences and a sense of William's life and world.’
      • ‘I mean, again, confidences had been exchanged.’
      • ‘Patients talk to health professionals because they trust them to keep their confidences.’
      • ‘And there could hardly be anything more intimate or confidential than is involved in that relationship, or than in the mutual trust and confidences which are shared between husband and wife.’
      • ‘There is a difference between giving voice to moments of intensity which have a sort of general interest or application and airing in public things which are essentially confidences.’
      • ‘Afterwards we lay close together and gazed at the stars above, becoming fast friends, exchanging confidences.’
      • ‘In my experience, the best parent-child conversations happen in the car, when you're both facing ahead and confidences can be exchanged without meeting each other's eyes.’
      • ‘The rock fit perfectly in my pocket, felt reassuring in my hand, and the little fellow painted on the front seemed to invite confidences.’
      • ‘The solid looking citizen with the shock of white hair always had the appearance of someone who could be trusted with confidences.’
      • ‘In that stillness, the vastness of the energy touched deep seeds of consciousness in them as they trusted me with their confidences and secrets.’
      • ‘And so I am far less honest than I ever would be in a real diary as I don't want to inadvertently hurt their feelings, betray their confidences or let them know how much I really despise them.’
      • ‘And there are the autobiographical grasses, exposing old secrets and betraying ancient confidences in exchange for sales.’
      • ‘They seem to be looking only for somewhere to exchange confidences.’
      • ‘Our pact is sealed through the trading of intimacies, confidences which, if they are about people, are about anyone but each other.’
      • ‘Yesterday she had been emotional and vulnerable, I had the feeling that under normal circumstances we would never had exchanged confidences.’
      • ‘In the Mafia, keeping confidences is the supreme value.’
      • ‘I was missing the joy and the secrets and confidences that we put in each other.’
      • ‘I'll only say you should never trust your Uncle Phil with your confidences.’
      secret, private affair, confidential matter, confidentiality, intimacy
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  • have every confidence in

    • Feel that one can rely on or trust (someone)

      ‘we had every confidence in the staff’
      • ‘A reputable site, one we'd every confidence in using.’
      • ‘We have every confidence in the testing regime applied.’
      • ‘I am sure that he had every confidence in you.’
      • ‘She said the Department had every confidence in the Board's management of its financial affairs.’
      • ‘I have every confidence in the Ombudsman's Office's investigation.’
      • ‘I 've every confidence in his ability to deliver at the highest level.’
      • ‘Mr Fisher said he had not applied for the new post, adding: "I have every confidence in David Johnson".’
      • ‘He will certainly feel better than the unnamed punter who had every confidence in Ken's powers of recovery.’
      • ‘He had every confidence in the contractors to carry out the works with maximum efficiency.’
      • ‘We have every confidence in the crime statistics.’
  • in someone's confidence

    • In a position of trust with someone.

      ‘she was never fully in his confidence’
      • ‘‘It's a delicate position to be so much in their confidence,’ she angrily retorted.’
      • ‘Like a flash it came over me that the maid was in her confidence.’
      • ‘I never was in your confidence before my Father died and I certainly am not in it now’
      • ‘Nevertheless some thoughtless and imprudent actions of hers made me from time to time regret that I was in her confidence.’
      • ‘Though you were formerly deep in his confidence, just as you are in mine, still she is of higher standing than anyone here present, including myself.’
  • take someone into one's confidence

    • Tell someone one's secrets.

      ‘she took me into her confidence and told me about her problems’
      • ‘I knew I'd have to take Annie into my confidence, but in only a week of knowing her I knew that she was perfectly trustworthy.’
      • ‘When someone takes us into their confidence, we should regard their secret as a sacred trust.’
      • ‘However, one practice is probably more effective than most in making employees feel included - taking them into your confidence.’
      • ‘But she has added a layer: she takes us into her confidence.’
      • ‘In a finely tuned campaign, the top several tiers of campaign operatives should be spending the bulk of their time on the phone or next to you on the seat taking you into their confidence.’
      • ‘Eventually they went to see their priest, and taking him into their confidence, they explained the situation.’
      • ‘Smaller and weaker he may be, but he still has the capacity to make a crowd feel he is taking them into his confidence.’
      • ‘After the first roar of welcome, he turns, limps towards us, and takes us into his confidence.’
      • ‘I can tell by the way my manicurist - who is painting my nails sugar pink to match my lipstick - takes me into her confidence, that she adores my look.’
      • ‘Within a short period of time women and men were taking me into their confidence and I felt that I was truly a part of their community and lives.’


Late Middle English: from Latin confidentia, from confidere ‘have full trust’ (see confident).