opposite of 'confident'

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opposite of 'confident'

Post by tamguatlay » Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:28 pm

What is the opposite of 'confident'? All along I thought that it was 'inconfident'. Then a friend of mine said that it should be 'unconfident'. But I can't find the word in my dictionary. Is she correct?

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Re: opposite of 'confident'

Post by Joe » Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:36 am

The words "inconfident" and "unconfident" do not exist in English.

Wordsmyth.net gives the following antonyms for "confident":

- apprehensive, hesitant, tentative, uncertain
- bashful, beaten, diffident, insecure, self-conscious, shy, tentative, timid, tremulous

For a more precise/direct "opposite" of "confident" you could also describe someone as "lacking in confidence" or say that s/he "lacks confidence".

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Re: opposite of 'confident'

Post by Vega » Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:01 pm

Excuse me, Josef, but in Oxford Dictionary of English, Revised Edition. © Oxford University Press 2005. the word unconfident exists. :!!:

Some antonyms: vacillating, unsure, unsteady

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Re: opposite of 'confident'

Post by Joe » Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:41 am

Vega wrote:Excuse me, Josef, but in Oxford Dictionary of English, Revised Edition. © Oxford University Press 2005. the word unconfident exists. :!!:
Thank you Vega, you are right. In fact, if I'd taken the trouble to look in my simple little Concise Oxford Dictionary I would have found unconfident.

However, it is an extremely rare adjective today. Many people would find it clumsy or awkward and would prefer not confident or lacking confidence etc.

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Re: opposite of 'confident'

Post by clevermae » Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:40 am

I would rather say it's "unsure" in the opposite of confident.

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