Confidential vs. Restricted - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Confidential (adjective)

    Kept, or meant to be kept, secret within a certain circle of persons; not intended to be known publicly

    "The newspaper claims a leaked confidential report by the government admits to problems with corrupt MPs."

  • Confidential (adjective)

    Inclined to share confidences.

    "Sitting in front of the fire, they became quite confidential, and began to gossip."

  • Restricted (verb)

    simple past tense and past participle of restrict

  • Restricted (adjective)

    Limited within bounds.

  • Restricted (adjective)

    Available only to certain authorized groups of people.

    "restricted area"

    "restricted access"

    "a restricted military document"

  • Restricted (adjective)

    Only available to customers who do not belong to racial, ethnic or religious minorities.

    "This hotel is restricted: no Blacks.|tr=|inline="

Oxford Dictionary

  • Confidential (adjective)

    intended to be kept secret

    "confidential information"

  • Confidential (adjective)

    (of a person's tone of voice) indicating that what one says is private or secret

    "he dropped his voice to a confidential whisper"

  • Confidential (adjective)

    entrusted with private or restricted information

    "a confidential secretary"

Webster Dictionary

  • Confidential (adjective)

    Enjoying, or treated with, confidence; trusted in; trustworthy; as, a confidential servant or clerk.

  • Confidential (adjective)

    Communicated in confidence; secret.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Confidential (adjective)

    entrusted with private information and the confidence of another;

    "a confidential secretary"

  • Confidential (adjective)

    (of information) given in confidence or in secret;

    "closet information"

    "this arrangement must be kept confidential"

    "their secret communications"

  • Confidential (adjective)

    denoting confidence or intimacy;

    "a confidential approach"

    "in confidential tone of voice"

  • Confidential (adjective)

    the level of official classification for documents next above restricted and below secret; available only to persons authorized to see documents so classified

  • Restricted (adjective)

    subject to restriction or subjected to restriction;

    "of restricted importance"

  • Restricted (adjective)

    restricted in meaning; (as e.g. `man' in `a tall man')

  • Restricted (adjective)

    curbed or regulated;

    "controlled emotions"

  • Restricted (adjective)

    the lowest level of official classification for documents

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