confident

Definitions

  • Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
    Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj confident not liable to error in judgment or action "most surefooted of the statesmen who dealt with the depression"- Walter Lippman","demonstrates a surefooted storytelling talent"- Michiko Kakutani"
    • adj confident persuaded of; very sure "were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join","I am positive he is lying","was confident he would win"
    • adj confident having or marked by confidence or assurance "a confident speaker","a confident reply","his manner is more confident these days","confident of fulfillment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Confident See Confidant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • confident Having strong belief; fully assured.
    • confident Confiding; not entertaining suspicion or distrust.
    • confident Relying on one's self; full of assurance; bold; sometimes, overbold.
    • confident Giving occasion for confidence.
    • n confident A confidant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Confident trusting firmly: having full belief: positive: bold
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Quotations

  • Tom Landry
    Tom Landry
    “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control.”
  • Roger G. Imhoff
    Roger G. Imhoff
    “Let others confide in you. It may not help you, but it surely will help them.”
  • John Robinson
    John Robinson
    “I never criticize a player until they are first convinced of my unconditional confidence in their abilities.”
  • Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
    Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
    “I am confident. I never give up.”
  • Tom Landry
    Tom Landry
    “If you are prepared, you will be confident, and will do the job.”
  • Robert J. Ringer
    Robert J. Ringer
    “If you're prepared, then you're able to feel confident.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. confidĕrecon, sig. completeness, and fidĕre, to trust.

Usage

In literature:

But I'm sure, Barbara, you'll bring the matter about; and I leave it to you with confidence.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
But the girl only laughed, lightly and confidently.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Her confidence in this man was second only to the confidence she had always had in her husband's judgment.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
I've known her for years and would never go to her in a difficulty or trust her with a confidence.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
He spoke to him in confidence of his affairs.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Love her, confide in her, be grateful to her, my child.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Men look to them with a confidence that knows no doubt.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Joyful confidence in our sonship is only warranted in the measure in which we are like our Father.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
You may still succeed when others have lost confidence in you, but never when you have lost confidence in yourself.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
His movements were quick and nervous; face and figure alike expressed the most absolute self-confidence.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
I had my own private knowledge of the matter, but she was not one to confide in, so I stoically shook my head.
"That Affair Next Door" by Anna Katharine Green
I live not for myself; but the world will not have confidence in me, and yet confidence in me were great gain.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
Mrs. Riley's confidence had been well founded.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
He hesitated less, and was more confident.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
Mr. Benjamin, I learn, feels very confident that a rupture between the United States and Great Britain is inevitable.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
In direct contrast to this loss of confidence on Wagner's part was the incident attendant upon Arthur Devlin's debut into the Big League.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson
Let me confide it to you.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Somebody has been betraying confidence.
"Hard Pressed" by Fred M. White
It has perhaps been too great a pleasure to me to be your companion and the confidant of your successful labors.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
He won Tom Kelverdon's confidence without an effort.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
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In poetry:

Not one He will or can forsake
Who Him his confidence doth make.
Let all his wiles the Tempter try,
You may his utmost powers defy.
"To Shepherds As They Watched" by Martin Luther
Confiding in my ample means—
In troth, I was a happy chiel!
I passed the gates of Valenciennes,
I never thought to come by Lille.
"Titmarsh’s Carmen Lilliense" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I turn to you, confiding love.
O lifted eyes! look trustfully,
Till Heaven shall lend you other light,
Like kneeling saints—on me.
"Three Friends" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Thro! tears, that fill the orphan's eye,
With humble confidence we see
Calamity, an holy tie!
That binds our helpless tribe to Thee.
"Two Hymns" by William Hayley
And as he weds that glorious bride,
Like night to morning wed,
She breathes: "To love is to confide,"
But doubt—and love is dead."
"The Battle-Day, Or, The Lost Army" by Ernest Jones
And it was you, my Thomas, you,
The friend in whom my soul confided,
Who dared to gaze on her--to do,
I may say, much the same as I did.
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley

In news:

Governor Picks Confidant for to Finish Senate Term.
William Wesley strolls through this world — his world — with a confident gait, his head high and a nod for almost everyone he passes.
Ratzinger a close confidant of John Paul II.
Warmest greetings from a cold confidant .
"It was just natural to have him, who was a good pal, a good party supporter and a very confident developer, help us with the building," said former Democratic chairman Charles Manatt.
OXFORD – Confidence can be the most coveted and most fickle intangible element of college athletics, and it's something both Ole Miss and Georgia claim to have in their corner this weekend.
Wising up to Wall Street's confidence game .
"Bush exuded confidence as he made his way west yesterday," reported The Washington Post, in a typical account.
PICAYUNE — Confidence men know that their victim — "the mark" as he has been called — is eventually going to realize that he has been cheated.
Confidence Man The president actively works against American interests.
A Confidence Man in the Republic of Virtue by Paul F Jankowski Cornell University Press, 326 pp.
How to Spend and Save Confidently for Retirement.
Listen, think and speak confidently .
" Dollhouse " creator Joss Whedon feels more confident going into season two.
"In the last year, Kathy Jo has gotten more confident in her game and the results show it".
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In science:

Jensen can be confidently referred to Brachiosaurus altithorax.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
This implies a large confidence in the critical point hypothesis.
The critical earthquake concept applied to mine rockbursts with time-to-failure analysis
However, unlike these earlier system classes, the wide and rapidly growing distribution of clusters is fostering unprecedented work in the field even as it is providing a convergent architecture family in which the applications community can retain confidence.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Table 1. Conservative FDR estimates, conservative 95% confidence intervals, and dependence exponent estimates for gene expression data of sample sizes 64 and 79.
On "Strong control, conservative point estimation and simultaneous conservative consistency of false discovery rates": Does a large number of tests obviate confidence intervals of the FDR?
Conservative mean FDR estimates, conservative 95% confidence intervals, and depen dence exponent estimates for gene expression data.
On "Strong control, conservative point estimation and simultaneous conservative consistency of false discovery rates": Does a large number of tests obviate confidence intervals of the FDR?
If for any of these the prediction error is less than for the original data we cannot rule out the null hypothesis given the preset confidence level of 1 - α.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
A standard measure of area is obtained by calculating the area of the 90%-confidence ellipse for the x and y-data of the COP-trajectory.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
We do not really know enough about planet formation to be confident on these points.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Dotted lines represent 95% confidence limits.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
Approximate 95% confidence intervals for Model 1 are also shown, and indicate that the illustrated models do not differ significantly from the unlogged condition.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
List the top 10 association rules ranked in order by confidence value. 45. Apply entropy and variance measure to determine relative interestingness.
Interestingness Measure for Mining Spatial Gene Expression Data using Association Rule
The amplitude of near day variations does not exceed 0.003% from average value and, in difference from variations with 1-year and monthly periods, it is impossible with confidence to state, that they are not generated by temperature influences.
Researches of alpha and beta radioactivity at long-term observations
Naturally, confidence intervals shrink as Tr/Sh increases.
Confidence limits for the regression coefficients and RMSD can also be useful.
Double-sided 95 per cent confidence limits. eKullback-Leibler divergence.
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