Is there a word to describe someone who thinks very highly of themselves but is not self-centered, self-righteous, narcissistic, egocentric, etc?

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    It might help if you included a sample sentence where the word could be used. Feb 28, 2020 at 6:06
  • I can't think of a sentence but I'm talking about someone who would say something like, "I don't think I'm the smartest person in the room - I know I am." and means it but at the same time is attentive and empathetic. Not self-important or an egomaniac. Feb 28, 2020 at 6:17
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    But then, they are self-centred, by comparing themself to others in the room. "I am the smartest person" is egocentricity. Feb 28, 2020 at 9:34
  • A lot of these notions are seen to be vacuous when really examined. I've just attended a funeral where I couldn't believe the number of good and exciting things this fine chap had managed to do in his life. A brilliant scientist, a fine teacher, a great administrator, a charity worker and conservationist. A loving parent. But he took the wrong grandchild home from school on one occasion. Was he as smart / responsible as the lesser lights regularly doing the school run? // That said, I don't want the best pilot on the plane saying "I'm sure we can find someone better" at 40 000 feet. Feb 28, 2020 at 12:46
  • What did a thesaurus suggest?
    – Mitch
    Feb 28, 2020 at 14:49

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Sounds like you're looking for the word confident

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