in a piece of writing; in theory (and not in reality) on paper untrue or inaccurate counterfactual letters or statements about a job applicant from their previous employers references believing that you are better or more important than other people arrogant unclear; lacking detail vague able to persuade somebody that what you think is true convincing relaxed; feeling or showing confidence in your own abilities self-assured a letter to tell a job applicant that they have not got the job a rejection (letter)