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confidential

Line breaks: con|fi¦den|tial
Pronunciation: /kɒnfɪˈdɛnʃ(ə)l
 
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Definition of confidential in English:

adjective

1Intended to be kept secret: confidential information
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secret, top secret, sensitive, classified, restricted, non-public, unofficial, off the record, not for publication, not for circulation, not to be made public, not to be disclosed, under wraps, unrevealed, undisclosed, unpublished;
informal hush-hush, mum
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.
1.2 [attributive] Entrusted 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.

Derivatives

confidentiality

1
Pronunciation: /-ʃɪˈalɪti/
noun
Example sentences
  • Since we work with a number of high profile companies, confidentiality is of the utmost importance.
  • However, there are certain exemptions if company confidentiality might be breached.
  • In all fairness, we protect these notes to ensure the confidentiality of our informants.

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