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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun confidence:


Confidence is sometimes a misspelling of countenance.

Definition of the noun confidence

What does confidence mean as a name of something?

Confidence is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: confidences

  1. freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
  2. a feeling of trust (in someone or something)
    • examples: I have confidence in our team | confidence is always borrowed, never owned
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • antonym: diffidence
    • more generic word: security = freedom from anxiety or fear
    • attributes:
  3. a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable
    • example: public confidence in the economy
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: hopefulness = full of hope
  4. a trustful relationship
    • example: he took me into his confidence
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of confidence: trust
    • more generic terms: friendly relationship / friendship = the state of being friends
  5. a secret that is confided or entrusted to another
    • examples: everyone trusted him with their confidences | the priest could not reveal her confidences
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: secret = something that should remain hidden from others

Alternative definition of the noun confidence


  1. See Self-assurance.
  2. Expression or feeling of certainty.
  3. The quality of trusting.
  4. Information held in secret.

Specialised definition of the noun confidence

Glossary of sports

a belief in your ability to succeed (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Confidence" is a 2003 crime drama film starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia and Rachel Weisz, directed by James Foley, and written by Doug Jung.
  2. "Confidence": Bizalom is a 1980 Hungarian film directed by István Szabó. The film is set in World War II involving a couple escaping from the Nazis. Critically acclaimed, it won Szabó the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 53rd Academy Awards.
  3. "Confidence" is a 1933 animated short subject, produced by Walter Lantz, directed by Bill Nolan, and featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. In the film, Oswald is a farmer whose farm falls prey to the ominous influence of the Great Depression. Determined to find a solution, Oswald flies to Washington, D.C. where he meets President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was released by Universal Pictures on July 31, 1933 and is available on The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection DVD box set.
  4. "Confidence" a.k.a. "Sweet Talker" is a 1991 comedy film written by Tony Morphett and directed by Michael Jenkins.


  1. "Confidence" is a novel by Henry James, first published as a serial in Scribner's Monthly in 1879 and then as a book later the same year. This light and somewhat awkward comedy centers on artist Bernie Longueville, scientist Gordy Wright, and the sometimes inscrutable heroine, Angie Vivian. The plot rambles through various romantic entanglements before reaching an uncomplicated, but still believable happy ending.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (136 years ago)
  2. "Confidence" is a book by Alan Loy McGinnis.
    • subjects: Emotion, Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, Self-help, Christianity


  1. "Confidence" is the third LP released by the Reggae artist Gentleman.
    • genre: Reggae
    • released on (10 years ago)
    • award:
      • Echo Award for Best National Rock/Pop Male Artist nomination for Gentleman
      • Echo Award for Best National Rock/Pop Male Artist, received by Gentleman
  2. "Confidence" is a musical album of Downface.
  3. "Confidence" is a musical album of Christophe Beck, soundtrack.
    • also known as Confidence Soundtrack
    • released on (11 years ago)
  4. "CONFIDENCE" is a musical single of PAMELAH.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  5. "Confidence" is the sixth full-length studio recording from singer/songwriter/drummer/producer Narada Michael Walden. It was his first album wherein he co-wrote every single song with other people.
  6. "Confidence" is a musical album of Urban Force.
    • released on
  7. "Confidence" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Confidence" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  9. "CONFIDENCE" is a musical album of Song Riders.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  10. "Confidence" is a musical album of HY.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  11. "Confidence" is a composition.
  12. "Confidence" is a musical single of En Esch.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  13. "Confidence" is a composition.
  14. "Confidence" is a musical album of Philippe Mion.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  15. "Confidence" is a musical album of The Holdup.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  16. "Confidence" is a musical album of Trash Kit.


Confidence a.k.a. Confidence (Spinnin) is a record label.


  1. Confidence is an unincorporated community on State Route 108 in Tuolumne County, California, United States, with a population of 50 people. The town sits at an average elevation of 4,200 feet. The ZIP Code is 95383. The community is inside area code 209.
  2. Confidence a.k.a. Confidence, Iowa: Confidence is a small unincorporated community in Wayne County, Iowa, United States. Located in south central Iowa, the community lies along County Highway J18 in the northeastern corner of its county, just west of Rathbun Lake.


Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective. Self-confidence is having confidence in oneself. Arrogance or hubris in this comparison, is having unmerited confidence—believing something or someone is capable or correct when they are not. Overconfidence or presumptuousness is excessive belief in someone succeeding, without any regard for failure. Confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability.

Phrases with Confidence

Phrases starting with the word Confidence:

  1. confidence man
  2. confidence game
  3. confidence trick
  4. Confidence Limits
  5. Confidence interval
  6. Confidence Trickster

Phrases ending with the word Confidence:

  1. self-confidence
  2. vote of confidence
  3. Motion of Confidence
  4. Vote of No Confidence
  5. Motion of no confidence

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Confidence

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Google previewRUN (2010)

The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel by Matt Fitzgerald

Physical confidence is the unconscious brain's calculations of what the body can do.

Google previewA General Theory of Emotions and Social Life (2006)

by Warren D. TenHouten

Confidence is a feeling of assurance about the future.

Google previewSHATTER YOUR SELF-DOUBT (2013)


success Napoleon Hill Confidence is the centrepiece of all human achievement both in being and doing. It is the common dominant quality of all successful people. Success means a steady progress towards your personal and professional ...

Google previewRationality and Theistic Belief (1993)

An Essay on Reformed Epistemology by Mark S. McLeod

Confidence is a positive quality. Any state of mind that it characterizes is experienced as immensely desirable, attractive, or valuable. When lacking, it will be sought out and sought after with considerable energy. Confidence is a positive ...

Google previewKey To Success (2014)

by Asha Thorat

Confidence is a powerful tool. Self confidence enables...

Google previewPositional Hitting (2010)

The Modern Approach to Analyzing and Training Your Baseball Swing by Jaime Cevallos

Perceived confidence is the way people who aren't knowledgeable about the mechanics of hitting explain why a player succeeds or fails, but it is not a...

In either case, perceived or real, confidence is a result of performance, not a cause. 3.

Google previewSports Betting to Win (2011)

The 10 keys to disciplined and profitable betting by Steve Ward

Confidence is an emotional state, and therefore it has a 'blueprint';. Hence, by developing your ability to manage your thoughts, mental images and your physiology, body language, energy levels and even the way you look and dress, you can ...

Google previewSport Psychology for Coaches (2008)

by Damon Burton, Thomas D. Raedeke

True self- confidence is an athlete's realistic belief or expectation about achieving success. Self-confidence is an...

Self- confidence is a vital part of athletes' personalities, and others quickly recognize it in them. More important, having optimal ...

Google previewMarathon Training - Winning Strategies, Preparation and Nutrition for Running 5k, Half, Long Distance Marathons (2014)

by Katherine McLaren

Confidence means believing in yourself or in your ability to come out successful. In short, it is comparing the goal to be...

Confidence is the vital force for not only runners but for anybody any walks of life. 3. Control In recent times, talks on ...

Google previewVoices Above the Storm (2012)

by Apollodorus Africanus Swaine

Confidence means a feeling ofassurance or certainty, especially concerning oneself. It is to be assured of something or...

Confidence is that power of excellence in you that only you have been given a share of. The self-belief, the experiences, ...

Google previewThe Signal and the Noise (2012)

Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't by Nate Silver

Perry, “ Consumer Confidence is a Lagging Indicator: Expect Post-Recession Gloom Through 2010.

Google previewParticipation, Citizenship and Trust in Children's Lives (2013)

by H. Warming

AsLuhmann puts it, 'Confidence is the structureof existence, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Research Design (2010)

by Neil J. Salkind

It is constructed according to a random sample from the population and is always associated with a certain confidence level that is a probability, usually presented as a percentage. Commonly used confidence levels include 90%, 95%, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Epidemiology (2008)

by Sarah Boslaugh

additional information about reliability since it is provided by the degree of confidence and the half-width of the interval. The goodness of an interval estimation procedure can be determined by examining the fraction of times in repeated ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (2008)

by Paul J. Lavrakas

However, the standard errors may be quite different if the survey design information is ignored in the estimation process, which in turn will result in erroneous confidence intervals. The examples given deal with constructing a confidence ...

Google previewDictionary of Global Climate Change (2008)

confidence interval A statistical parameter describing the interval which includes the true value with a prescribed probability and which is a function of the statistics of the sample. confidence ...

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Quotes about Confidence

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1F4I1D2E1N1C3E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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