Definition of confidentially in US English:



  • In a way that is intended to be private or secret; privately.

    ‘all queries will be treated confidentially’
    • ‘And I went to him personally and said, look, can I talk about anything we might have discussed confidentially?’
    • ‘‘This year is going to be a good one,’ she said confidentially.’
    • ‘Public servants should be able to communicate freely and confidentially with a minister and staff on controversial issues with ongoing sensitivity in the portfolio.’
    • ‘All responses will be treated confidentially.’
    • ‘‘I like ice hockey because it's fast,’ he adds, confidentially.’
    privately, in private, in confidence, between ourselves, between themselves, between yourselves, off the record, quietly, secretly, in secret, behind closed doors, in camera
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