Hypertext Webster Gateway: "confidential"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Confidential \Con`fi*den"tial\, a. [Cf. F. confidentiel.]
1. Enjoying, or treated with, confidence; trusted in;
trustworthy; as, a confidential servant or clerk.

2. Communicated in confidence; secret. ``Confidential
messages.'' --Burke.

{Confidential communication} (Law) See {Privileged
communication}, under {Privileged}.

{Confidential creditors}, those whose claims are of such a
character that they are entitled to be paid before other

{Confidential debts}, debts incurred for borrowed money, and
regarded as having a claim to be paid before other debts.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: entrusted with private information and the confidence of
another; "a confidential secretary"
2: (of information) given in confidence or in secret; "closet
information"; "this arrangement must be kept
confidential"; "their secret communications" [syn: {closet(a)},
3: denoting confidence or intimacy; "a confidential approach";
"in confidential tone of voice"
4: the level of official classification for documents next
above restricted and below secret; available only to
persons authorized to see documents so classified

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