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Meaning of opinion by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English opinion, opinioun, from Anglo-Norman and Middle French opinion, from Latin opinio, from opinari, the infinitive of opinor ( “to opine” ) .


    • IPA: /əˈpɪnjən/


    opinion ( plural: opinions )

    1. 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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    opinion ( third-person singular simple present opinions present participle opinioning, simple past and past participle opinioned )

    1. ( transitive, 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 )


Explanation of opinion by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the reason for a court's judgment ( as opposed to the decision itself )

    2. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    3. a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

    4. my opinion differs from yours
    5. a belief or sentiment shared by most people

    6. he asked for a poll of public opinion
    7. the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision

    8. opinions are usually written by a single judge
    9. a message expressing a belief about something

    10. his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page

    Definition of opinion by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Opinion n. [F., from L. opinio. See Opine.]
      1. That which is opined; a notion or conviction founded on probable evidence; belief stronger than impression, less strong than positive knowledge; settled judgment in regard to any point of knowledge or action.

      Opinion is when the assent of the understanding is so far gained by evidence of probability, that it rather inclines to one persuasion than to another, yet not without a mixture of incertainty or doubting. Sir M. Hale.

      I can not put off my opinion so easily. Shak.

      2. The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.

      I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people. Shak.

      Friendship . . . gives a man a peculiar right and claim to the good opinion of his friend. South.

      However, I have no opinion of those things. Bacon.

      3. Favorable estimation; hence, consideration; reputation; fame; public sentiment or esteem. [Obs.]

      Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion. Shak.

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

      4. Obstinacy in holding to one's belief or impression; opiniativeness; conceitedness. [Obs.] Shak.

      5. ( Law. ) The formal decision, or expression of views, of a judge, an umpire, a counselor, or other party officially called upon to consider and decide upon a matter or point submitted.

      To be of opinion, to think; to judge. -- To hold opinion with, to agree with. [Obs.] Shak.

      Syn. -- Sentiment; notion; persuasion; idea; view; estimation. See Sentiment.

    2. Opinion, v. t. To opine. [Obs.]