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confidential Syllabification: con·fi·den·tial
Pronunciation: /ˌkänfəˈden(t)SHəl/

Definition of confidential in English:

adjective

1Intended to be kept secret: confidential information knowledge that was privileged and confidential
More example sentences
  • The first public interest is the preservation of the right of organisations, as of individuals, to keep secret confidential information.
  • We have received much more confidential and secret information than this in my time on this and other courts.
  • Yes, because that does not seek to protect only confidential information or trade secrets.
Synonyms
secret, sensitive, classified, restricted, unofficial, unrevealed, undisclosed, unpublished
informal hush-hush, mum
formal sub rosa
archaic privy
1.1(Of a person’s tone of voice) indicating that what one says is private or secret: he dropped his voice to a confidential whisper
More example sentences
  • Have you, they ask in confidential tones, recently bought an item for close to £500 online?
  • You get this letter which starts in a very confidential tone.
  • He said it just as he had before, in a confidential whisper.
1.2Entrusted with private or restricted information: a confidential secretary
More example sentences
  • And as a precondition, he insisted on bringing her with him to the CIA as his confidential assistant.
  • And it's perfectly understandable why he would want to choose someone of compatible political views to be his confidential assistant.
  • At the end of a year his master, well satisfied with his conduct, received him into his house, and subsequently made him his confidential assistant.
Synonyms
trusted, trustworthy, trusty, faithful, reliable, dependable;
close, bosom, intimate

Words that rhyme with confidential

cadential, consequential, credential, deferential, differential, essential, evidential, existential, experiential, exponential, influential, intelligential, irreverential, jurisprudential, penitential, pestilential, potential, preferential, presidential, providential, prudential, quintessential, referential, residential, reverential, sapiential, sciential, sentential, sequential, tangential, torrential

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