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[ noun ] freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

Examples

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

Used in print

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

Speakers at a Tipoff_Club dinner dealt lavish praise to a group of St._Louis_University players who , in the words of Coach_John_Benington , `` had more confidence in themselves than I did '' .

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

If so , it might be worth_while to assign a future jazz show to a different department - one with enough confidence in the musical material to cut_down on the number of performers and give them a_little room to display their talents .

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

Apparently the population as_a_whole eventually acquires enough confidence in the explanations of the scientists to modify its procedures and its fears .

In child_care , the opposite extreme prevails ; procedures change rapidly and parental confidence probably exceeds anything warranted by established psychological theory .

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

They possessed no outer fortifications , no hard shells of confidence ; they had enough difficulty getting from day to day , let_alone having an awful crime thrust upon them .

Related terms

certainty certain uncertain

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[ noun ] a feeling of trust (in someone or something)

Examples

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

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

Dewey_Lawrence , a Tyler lawyer representing the Texas_Bankers_Association , sounded the opposition keynote when he said it would force banks to violate their contractual obligations with depositors and undermine the confidence of bank customers .

`` If you destroy confidence in banks , you do something to the economy '' , he said .

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

It is curious that even centuries of repetition of the yearly cycle did not induce a sufficient degree of confidence to allow people to abandon the ceremonies of the winter_solstice .

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[ noun ] a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable

Examples

"public confidence in the economy"

Used in print

(Robert L. Duncan, The Voice of Strangers....)

For the oyabun to make such a trip was either a sign of great weakness or an indication of equally great confidence , and from all the available information it was probably the latter .

Related terms

hopefulness

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[ noun ] a trustful relationship

Synonyms

trust

Examples

"he took me into his confidence" "he betrayed their trust"

Related terms

friendship entrust

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[ noun ] a secret that is confided or entrusted to another

Examples

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

Related terms

secret confide

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