confidentially


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confidentially

privately, intimately, secretly: Confidentially, I believe they are having an affair.
Not to be confused with:
confidently – with assurance, with certainty, boldly: I can say confidently that they are having an affair.
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con·fi·den·tial

 (kŏn′fĭ-dĕn′shəl)
adj.
1. Done or communicated in confidence; secret.
2. Entrusted with the confidence of another: a confidential secretary.
3. Denoting confidence or intimacy: a confidential tone of voice.
4. Containing information, the unauthorized disclosure of which poses a threat to national security.

con′fi·den′ti·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē), con′fi·den′tial·ness n.
con′fi·den′tial·ly adv.
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Adv.1.confidentially - in a confidential manner; "spoke to him intimately and confidentially"
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confidentially

adverb in secret, privately, personally, behind closed doors, in confidence, in camera, between ourselves, sub rosa Confidentially, I am not sure they knew what was happening.
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Translations
بِسِرِّيَّه، بِثِقَه،
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fortroligt
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confidentially

[ˌkɒnfɪˈdənʃəlɪ] ADVconfidencialmente, en confianza
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confidentially

[ˌkɒnfɪˈdɛnʃəli] adv
(= secretly) → confidentiellement
to be treated confidentially [information] → rester confidentiel(le)
(= quietly) [say, speak] → sur un ton confidentiel
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

confidentially

Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

confidentially

[ˌkɒnfɪˈdɛnʃəlɪ] advin confidenza
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

confide

(kənˈfaid) verb
to tell one's private thoughts to someone. He confided in his brother; He confided his fears to his brother.
confidence (ˈkonfidəns) noun
1. trust or belief in someone's ability. I have great confidence in you.
2. belief and faith in one's own ability. She shows a great deal of confidence for her age.
confident (ˈkonfidənt) adjective
having a great deal of trust (especially in oneself). She is confident that she will win; a confident boy.
confidential (konfiˈdenʃəl) adjective
1. secret; not to be told to others. confidential information.
2. trusted to keep secrets. a confidential secretary.
confidentiality (ˈkonfidenʃiˈӕləti) noun
ˌconfiˈdentially adverb
secretly; not wishing to have the information passed on to anyone else. She could not tell me what he said – he was speaking confidentially.
conˈfiding adjective
trustful.
conˈfidingly adverb
in confidence
as a secret; confidentially. He told me the story in (strictest) confidence.
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References in classic literature ?
"The best in the world," the applicant replied, confidentially; "I am about to become your son-in-law."
"Sir, I came to speak confidentially with your general about affairs of importance.
Should any unwarrantably pert young Leviathan coming that way, presume to draw confidentially close to one of the ladies, with what prodigious fury the
Merrylegs was a good deal put out at being "mauled about," as he said, "by a boy who knew nothing;" but toward the end of the second week he told me confidentially that he thought the boy would turn out well.
You see," he continued confidentially, "we are up against something almost unique.
She now felt it due to that friendship to explain confidentially the motive which had induced her to leave home with her husband.
Valuev was confidentially telling that Uvarov had been sent from Petersburg to ascertain what Moscow was thinking about Austerlitz.
With his air of looking down on the highest, and confidentially inviting you to be of his company in the seat of the scorner he is irresistible; his very confession that he is a snob, too, is balm and solace to the reader who secretly admires the splendors he affects to despise.
"It ain't no use, my dears," he whispered confidentially. "He's fairly got the hump.
You understand, don't you?" she added, turning confidentially to Aynesworth.