Opinion meaning

ə-pĭn'yən
A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof.
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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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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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Milton.

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

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The formal judgment of an expert on a matter in which advice is sought.
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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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An evaluation, impression, or estimation of the quality or worth of a person or thing.
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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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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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An opinion written by one or more judges that disagrees with the one reached by the majority of the court.
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The opinion reached by the majority of the court; usually known simply as the opinion.
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The prevailing view.

Public opinion.

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The formal statement by a judge, court referee, etc. of the law bearing on a case.
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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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(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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A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing.

Has a low opinion of braggarts.

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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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A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert.

A medical opinion.

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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