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Confident vs. confidential vs. confidant

Confident, confidant and confidential are similar words that are often confused upon. Let us explore the meaning of each of these words and the difference between them in this Grammar.com article.

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  Ramya Shankar  —  Grammar Tips
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Confidant

A close person with whom you share the most secret matters, the kind that cannot be shared with anyone else.

It is a noun and refers to a person. Sometimes, people use ‘confidante’ as an alternative word to refer to females.

  • The actor is a confidante of the director, that’s why he got the part.
  • You are my close confidante and hope that you will never turn me down.

Confident

An adjective to describe a person who is sure of oneself. The word originated in the 16th century from the French and Italian confidente and the Latin confident meaning “having full trust”.

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Confident vs. confidential vs. confidant

Confidential

Confidential is something that has to be kept a secret. It can be information, documents and so on. Confidential is an adjective. Some synonyms are personal, private or secret.

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As we see, the words are related in some way but are different and used in different contexts.

Here are some examples with these words to make the difference clearer –


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