any swindle in which the swindler, after gaining the confidence of the victim, robs the victim by cheating at a gambling game, appropriating funds entrusted for investment, or the like.
Also, confidence trick; con game. A swindle in which the victim is defrauded after his or her trust has been won. For example, The police warned of a confidence game in which people were asked to turn over valuables for a so-called appraisal, or The typical confidence trick is easy to spot if you know what to look for, or I almost let myself be taken in by her con game—she seemed so sincere. These terms, which use confidence in the sense of “trust,” date from the mid-1800s. They also gave rise to confidence man (or con man) for the swindler.
noun, Statistics. 1. the interval bounded by confidence limits. noun 1. (statistics) an interval of values bounded by confidence limits within which the true value of a population parameter is stated to lie with a specified probability
- Confidence level
noun 1. (statistics) a measure of the reliability of a result. A confidence level of 95 per cent or 0.95 means that there is a probability of at least 95 per cent that the result is reliable Compare significance (sense 4)
plural noun, Statistics. 1. a pair of numbers used to estimate a characteristic of a population, such that the numbers can be stated with a specified probability that the population characteristic is included between them.
noun 1. a person who swindles others by means of a confidence game; swindler. noun 1. another name for con man