Definition of Opinion

1. Noun. A personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty. "What are your thoughts on Haiti?"

2. Noun. A message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof. "His opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"
Exact synonyms: View
Generic synonyms: Content, Message, Subject Matter, Substance
Specialized synonyms: Adverse Opinion, Conjecture, Guess, Hypothesis, Speculation, Supposition, Surmisal, Surmise, Position, Side
Derivative terms: Opine, View

3. Noun. A belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people. "He asked for a poll of public opinion"
Exact synonyms: Popular Opinion, Public Opinion, Vox Populi
Generic synonyms: Belief

4. Noun. The legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision. "Opinions are usually written by a single judge"

5. Noun. The reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself).
Exact synonyms: Ruling
Generic synonyms: Judgement, Judgment, Judicial Decision
Specialized synonyms: Bakke Decision
Specialized synonyms: Fatwa
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Rule

6. Noun. A vague idea in which some confidence is placed. "I had a feeling that she was lying"
Exact synonyms: Belief, Feeling, Impression, Notion
Generic synonyms: Idea, Thought
Specialized synonyms: Presence, Effect, First Blush, Hunch, Intuition, Suspicion
Derivative terms: Believe, Feel, Impressionistic

Definition of Opinion

1. n. That which is opined; a notion or conviction founded on probable evidence; belief stronger than impression, less strong than positive knowledge; settled judgment in regard to any point of knowledge or action.

2. v. t. To opine.

Definition of Opinion

1. Noun. A belief that a person has formed about a topic or issue. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive archaic) To have or express as an opinion. ¹

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Definition of Opinion

1. a conclusion or judgment one holds to be true [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Opinion

opinio juris sive necessitatis
opinion (current term)
opinion poll
opinion polls

Literary usage of Opinion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Republic of Plato: An Ideal Commonwealth by Plato (1901)
"And is opinion also a faculty? Certainly, he said ; for opinion is that with which we are able to form an opinion. And yet you were acknowledging a little ..."

2. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"Sir Thomas meant to be giving Mr Rushworth's opinion in better words than he could find himself. He was aware that he must not expect a genius in Mr ..."

3. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"POWER EXERCISED BY THE MAJORITY IN AMERICA UPON opinion In America, ... It is in the examination of the display of public opinion in the United States that ..."

4. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"The argument in favor of this opinion, e contiguity of the free states, ... Public opinion leed, an unfailing restraint upon the cruelty and rity of masters ..."

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