One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘we are confident that business will improve’
optimistic, hopeful, sanguine
sure, certain, positive, convinced, in no doubt, unshakeable in one's belief, secure in one's belief, easy in one's mind, satisfied, assured, persuaded
have no doubt, not question, hold the unwavering view
2‘she was a confident, outgoing girl’
self-assured, assured, sure of oneself, self-confident, positive
assertive, self-assertive, self-possessed, believing in oneself, self-reliant, poised, filled with aplomb
cool, cool-headed, calm, collected, cool, calm, and collected, phlegmatic, level-headed, composed, nonchalant, unperturbed, imperturbable, unruffled, impassive, serene, tranquil, relaxed, at ease
informal unflappable, together, unfazed, laid-back
North American informal nonplussed
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