What is confidence?


Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective. Self-confidence is having confidence in oneself. Arrogance or hubris in this comparison, is having unmerited confidence—believing something or someone is capable or correct when they are not. Overconfidence or presumptuousness is excessive belief in someone (or something) succeeding, without any regard for failure. Confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability.

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Some articles on confidence:

Confidence Interval
... In statistics, a confidence interval (CI) is a kind of interval estimate of a population parameter and is used to indicate the reliability of an estimate ...
Lac Minerals Ltd. V. International Corona Resources Ltd. - Decision of The Supreme Court of Canada - Breach of Confidence
... Three elements must exist for a breach of confidence to have occurred the information conveyed was confidential it was communicated in confidence and it was misused by the party to whom it was communicated ... The law of confidence and the law relating to fiduciary obligations are not coextensive and yet are not completely distinct ... A claim for breach of confidence will only be made out, however, when it is shown that the confidee has misused the information to the detriment of ...
List Of Confidence Tricks
... This list of confidence tricks and scams should not be considered complete, but covers the most common examples ... Confidence tricks and scams are difficult to classify, because they change often and often contain elements of more than one type ... Throughout this list, the perpetrator of the confidence trick is called the “con artist” or simply “artist”, and the intended victim is the “mark” ...
Confidence Band
... A confidence band is used in statistical analysis to represent the uncertainty in an estimate of a curve or function based on limited or noisy data ... Confidence bands are often used as part of the graphical presentation of results in a statistical analysis ... Confidence bands are closely related to confidence intervals, which represent the uncertainty in an estimate of a single numerical value ...

More definitions of "confidence":

  • (noun): A state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable.
    Example: "Public confidence in the economy"
  • (noun): A secret that is confided or entrusted to another.
    Example: "Everyone trusted him with their confidences"; "the priest could not reveal her confidences"
  • (noun): A trustful relationship.
    Example: "He took me into his confidence"
    Synonyms: trust
  • (noun): A feeling of trust (in someone or something).
    Example: "I have confidence in our team"; "confidence is always borrowed, never owned"

Famous quotes containing the word confidence:

    If we parents accept that problems are an essential part of life’s challenges, rather than reacting to every problem as if something has gone wrong with universe that’s supposed to be perfect, we can demonstrate serenity and confidence in problem solving for our kids....By telling them that we know they have a problem and we know they can solve it, we can pass on a realistic attitude as well as empower our children with self-confidence and a sense of their own worth.
    Barbara Coloroso (20th century)

    Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers—such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a façade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn (b. 1918)

    Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people’s vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.
    Janet Malcolm (b. 1934)