opinion[ə pin′yən, ō-]
- The definition of an opinion is a belief, impression, judgment or prevailing view held by a person.
- An example of opinion is the San Francisco Giants are the best baseball team.
- An example of opinion is purple is the best color.
- An example of opinion is capitalism is better than socialism.
- a belief not based on absolute certainty or positive knowledge but on what seems true, valid, or probable to one's own mind; judgment
- an evaluation, impression, or estimation of the quality or worth of a person or thing
- the formal judgment of an expert on a matter in which advice is sought
- Law the formal statement by a judge, court referee, etc. of the law bearing on a case
Origin of opinionMiddle English opinioun ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin opinio ; from opinari, to think, akin to optare, to select, desire: see option
- A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof: “The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion” (Elizabeth Drew). See Synonyms at view.
- A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert: a medical opinion.
- A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing: has a low opinion of braggarts.
- The prevailing view: public opinion.
- Law a. A court's formal, usually written statement explaining its reasons for its decision in a case.b. An attorney's formal, usually written statement giving an assessment of how the law should be or is likely to be applied in a particular situation.c. A piece of testimony that is not usually admissible when given by a layperson, as in contrast to an opinion given by an expert witness.
Origin of opinionMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin opīniō, opīniōn-, from opīnārī, to think.
- A belief that a person has formed about a topic or issue.
- I would like to know your opinions on the new systems.
- In my opinion, white chocolate is better than milk chocolate.
- Every man is a fool in some man's opinion.
- Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. - Oscar Wilde
- The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.
- This gained Agricola much opinion, who […] had made such early progress into laborious […] enterprises.
- The formal decision, or expression of views, of a judge, an umpire, a doctor, or other party officially called upon to consider and decide upon a matter or point submitted.
- (European Union law) a judicial opinion delivered by an Advocate General to the European Court of Justice where he or she proposes a legal solution to the cases for which the court is responsible
(third-person singular simple present opinions, present participle opinioning, simple past and past participle opinioned)
- (archaic) To have or express as an opinion.
- 1658, But if (as some opinion) King Ahasuerus were Artaxerxes Mnemon [...], our magnified Cyrus was his second Brother — Sir Thomas Browne, The Graden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 166)
opinion - Legal Definition
The court’s statement of its decision, usually written by a single judge, citing the facts, points of law, rationale, and decision or verdict. See also decision, judgment and verdict.concurring opinion
In appellate cases, a joining in by one or more judges to the principal opinion in the case, but for differing reasons or basis.dissenting opinion
An opinion written by one or more judges that disagrees with the one reached by the majority of the court.majority opinion
The opinion reached by the majority of the court; usually known simply as the opinion.per curiam opinion
(Latin.) By the court; an opinion reached by an appeals court and handed down without identifying its writer by name.