- 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