Belief meaning

bĭ-lēf
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The definition of a belief is an opinion or something that a person holds to be true.

Faith in God is an example of a belief.

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The state of believing; conviction or acceptance that certain things are true or real.
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Anything believed or accepted as true; esp., a creed, doctrine, or tenet.
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Something believed or accepted as true, especially a particular tenet or a body of tenets accepted by a group of persons.
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An opinion; expectation; judgment.

My belief is that he'll come.

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Faith, esp. religious faith.
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Mental acceptance of a claim as likely true.

Her belief is that this is/is not the case.

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(countable) Something believed.

The ancient people have a belief in many deities.

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Trust or confidence.

I have belief in his ability.

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(uncountable) The quality or state of believing.

My belief that it will rain tomorrow is strong.

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(uncountable) Religious faith.

She often said it was her belief that carried her through the hard times.

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Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or validity of something.

His explanation of what happened defies belief.

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Faith or trust in the reality of something; often based upon one's own reasoning, trust in a claim, desire of actuality, and/or evidence considered.

My belief is that there is a bear in the woods. Bill said he saw one.

Based on this data, it is our belief that X does not occur.

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The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in another.

My belief in you is as strong as ever.

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(in the plural) One's religious or moral convictions.

I can't do that. It's against my beliefs.

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Origin of belief

  • Middle English bileve alteration (influenced by bileven to believe) of Old English gelēafa leubh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English lēafa.

    From Wiktionary