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kan fih dihns
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sense of trust or faith in a person or thing, or in oneself.
She has confidence in the work I do.He writes with great confidence.
belief, faith, trust
apprehension, distrust, doubt
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assurance, certainty, dependence, sureness
definition 2: a secret.
Matt and Bill shared confidences with each other.
definition 3: trust that another will keep a secret.
She told me her plans in confidence.
similar words:
privacy, secrecy, trust
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The word confidence contains the following parts:
con- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix con- is an assimilated form of com- used before roots beginning with c, d, f, g, j, n, s, t, and v. See com-. Note: con- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "conceive ."
fid Latin root that means faith, trust
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-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.