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English definition of “confidence”


noun [U] (SURE FEELING)   /ˈkɑn·fə·dəns, -ˌdens/
a feeling of having little doubt about yourself and your abilities, or a feeling of trust in someone or something: He has a sense of confidence, even arrogance, about what he does. Consumers’ confidence in the economy is strong. Her colleagues lost confidence in her.
(Definition of confidence noun (SURE FEELING) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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