self-confidence

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self-confidence

a generalized tendency to believe that one is capable of being successful within or across behavioural domains. See also self-efficacy.
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She was young, but she was also old; she had little self-confidence, and yet she was a good judge of people.
That little glow of self-satisfaction, that added measure of self-confidence, were to lead me on that very night to the most dreadful experience of my life, ending with a shock which turns my heart sick when I think of it.
Accustomed to see the will of all, even of Cedric himself, (sufficiently arbitrary with others,) give way before her wishes, she had acquired that sort of courage and self-confidence which arises from the habitual and constant deference of the circle in which we move.
I shuddered at the thought, but of a sudden the old fire of unconquerable self-confidence surged through me.