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CONFIDENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confidence mean? 

CONFIDENCE (noun)
  The noun CONFIDENCE has 5 senses:

1. freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
2. a feeling of trust (in someone or something)
3. a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable
4. a trustful relationship
5. a secret that is confided or entrusted to another

  Familiarity information: CONFIDENCE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFIDENCE (noun)


Sense 1confidence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

assurance; sureness; self-confidence; self-assurance; confidence; authority

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("confidence" is a kind of...):

certainty (the state of being certain)

Attribute:

certain; sure (having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured)

incertain; uncertain; unsure (lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance)


Sense 2confidence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of trust (in someone or something)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("confidence" is a kind of...):

security (freedom from anxiety or fear)

Attribute:

confident (having or marked by confidence or assurance)

unconfident (lacking or marked by a lack of confidence)

Antonym:

diffidence (lack of self-confidence)


Sense 3confidence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

public confidence in the economy

Hypernyms ("confidence" is a kind of...):

hopefulness (full of hope)


Sense 4confidence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A trustful relationship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

confidence; trust

Context examples:

he took me into his confidence / he betrayed their trust

Hypernyms ("confidence" is a kind of...):

friendly relationship; friendship (the state of being friends)


Sense 5confidence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A secret that is confided or entrusted to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("confidence" is a kind of...):

secret (something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on))


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