Definition of confidentially in US English:



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

    ‘all queries will be treated confidentially’
    • ‘‘I like ice hockey because it's fast,’ he adds, 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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