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CONFIDENTIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confidential mean? 

CONFIDENTIAL (adjective)
  The adjective CONFIDENTIAL has 4 senses:

1. entrusted with private information and the confidence of another
2. (of information) given in confidence or in secret
3. denoting confidence or intimacy
4. the level of official classification for documents next above restricted and below secret; available only to persons authorized to see documents so classified

  Familiarity information: CONFIDENTIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFIDENTIAL (adjective)


Sense 1confidential [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Entrusted with private information and the confidence of another

Context example:

a confidential secretary

Similar:

private (confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy)


Sense 2confidential [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of information) given in confidence or in secret

Synonyms:

confidential; secret

Context examples:

this arrangement must be kept confidential / their secret communications

Similar:

private (confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy)


Sense 3confidential [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Denoting confidence or intimacy

Context examples:

a confidential approach / in confidential tone of voice

Similar:

close (close in relevance or relationship)


Sense 4confidential [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The level of official classification for documents next above restricted and below secret; available only to persons authorized to see documents so classified

Similar:

classified (official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation)


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