Opinion definition

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A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof.
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A belief not based on absolute certainty or positive knowledge but on what seems true, valid, or probable to one's own mind; judgment.
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The formal judgment of an expert on a matter in which advice is sought.
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An evaluation, impression, or estimation of the quality or worth of a person or thing.
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A court's formal, usually written statement explaining its reasons for its decision in a case.
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The prevailing view.

Public opinion.

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A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing.

Has a low opinion of braggarts.

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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.

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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.

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(law) The formal statement by a judge, court referee, etc. of the law bearing on a case.
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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.
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A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert.

A medical opinion.

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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.
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An opinion written by one or more judges that disagrees with the one reached by the majority of the court.
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(Latin.) By the court; an opinion reached by an appeals court and handed down without identifying its writer by name.
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The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.
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Milton.

This gained Agricola much opinion, who [...] had made such early progress into laborious [...] enterprises.

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(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.
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(archaic) To have or express as an opinion.
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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.
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In appellate cases, a joining in by one or more judges to the principal opinion in the case, but for differing reasons or basis.
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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.
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The opinion reached by the majority of the court; usually known simply as the opinion.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
opinion
Plural:
opinions

Origin of opinion

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin opīniō opīniōn- from opīnārī to think

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

  • Middle English opinion, opinioun, from Anglo-Norman and Middle French opinion, from Latin opinio, from opinor (“to opine").

    From Wiktionary