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əˈpɪn yənopin·ion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. opinion, sentiment, persuasion, view, thoughtnoun

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

    "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"

  2. opinion, viewnoun

    a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof

    "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"

  3. public opinion, popular opinion, opinion, vox populinoun

    a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people

    "he asked for a poll of public opinion"

  4. opinion, legal opinion, judgment, judgementnoun

    the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision

    "opinions are usually written by a single judge"

  5. opinion, rulingnoun

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

  6. impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinionnoun

    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"


  1. opinionnoun

    A belief that a person has formed about a topic or issue.

  2. opinionverb

    To have or express as an opinion.

  3. Etymology: opinion, opinioun, from and opinion, from opinio, from opinari, the infinitive of opinor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OPINIONnoun

    Etymology: opinion, Fr. opinio, Lat.

    Opinion is a light, vain, crude and imperfect thing, settled in the imagination, but never arriving at the understanding, there to obtain the tincture of reason. Ben Jonson.

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

    Stiff in opinion, ever in the wrong. Dryden.

    Blest be the princes who have fought
    For pompous names, or wide dominion,
    Since by their error we are taught,
    That happiness is but opinion. Matthew Prior.

    Can they make it out against the common sense and opinion of all mankind, that there is no such thing as a future state of misery for such as have lived ill here. South.

    Charity itself commands us, where we know no ill, to think well of all; but friendship, that always goes a pitch higher, gives a man a peculiar right and claim to the good opinion of his friend. Robert South, Sermons.

    We may allow this to be his opinion concerning heirs, that where there are divers children the eldest son has the right to be heir. John Locke.

    Philosophers are of opinion, that infinite space is possessed by God’s infinite omnipresence. John Locke.

    I shall conclude my paper with a story out of Boccalini, which sufficiently shews us the opinion that judicious author entertained of the sort of critics I have been here mentioning. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 291.

    In actions of arms small matters are of great moment, especially when they serve to raise an opinion of commanders. John Hayward.

    Howsoever I have no opinion of those things; yet so much I conceive to be true, that strong imagination hath more force upon things living, than things merely inanimate. Francis Bacon.

  2. To Opinionverb

    To opine; to think. A word out of use, and unworthy of revival.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The stoicks opinioned the souls of wise men dwell about the moon, and those fools wandered about the earth: whereas the Epicureans held that death was nothing, nor after death. Thomas Browne, V. Err.

    That the soul and the angels are devoid of quantity and dimension, is generally opinioned. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. xiii.

    It is opinioned, that the earth rests as the world’s centre, while the heavens are the subject of the universal motions. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. xi.


  1. Opinion

    An opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement that is not conclusive, rather than facts which are true statements.


  1. opinion

    An opinion is a personal belief or view about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. It is an individual's subjective perspective, understanding, interpretation, or judgment about a certain matter, concept, or issue.


  1. Opinion

    In general, an opinion is a belief about matters commonly considered to be subjective, i.e. it is based on that which is less than absolutely certain, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. An opinion may be supported by an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analyzing the supporting arguments. In casual use, the term opinion may be the result of a person's perspective, understanding, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact-based beliefs. Collective or professional opinions are defined as meeting a higher standard to substantiate the opinion.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Opinion

    ō-pin′yun, n. one's belief, judgment: favourable estimation: (Shak.) opinionativeness.—adjs. Opin′ionable, that may be matter of opinion; Opin′ionāted, Opin′ioned, firmly adhering to one's own opinions.—adv. Opin′ionātely (obs.).—adj. Opin′ionātive, unduly attached to one's own opinions: stubborn.—adv. Opin′ionātively.—ns. Opin′ionātiveness; Opin′ionist. [L.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The prodigal son of Thought. =PUBLIC OPINION= The world's champion pugilist, who has knocked out Law in many a hard fought bout.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. opinion

    An experienced witness, who never saw the ship, yet may legally prove that from the description of her by another witness she was not sea-worthy.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. opinion

    In military proceedings that regard the interior government of an army, this word signifies decision, determination, judgment formed upon matters that have been laid before a court-martial or court of inquiry.

  2. opinion

    Officers on courts-martial give their opinion by seniority, beginning with the youngest in rank.

Editors Contribution

  1. opinion

    To express a belief, perception or awareness using data, facts, information, proof, research or statistics.

    They knew their opinion was valued when they always asked each other what the other person thought or felt.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opinion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1382

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opinion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1619

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opinion' in Nouns Frequency: #487

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of opinion in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of opinion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of opinion in a Sentence

  1. Armagan Gulcicek:

    Whatever's necessary should be done. The refugees should be gathered in one spot in my opinion. Everything should be done to ensure everyone's comfort, peace and welfare, let’s put an end to this nonsense.

  2. Lev Parnas:

    And I told the President that -- our opinion -- that( Ambassador Yovanovitch) is bad-mouthing Ambassador Yovanovitch and that she said that Ambassador Yovanovitch's gon na get impeached -- something like that. I don't know if that's word for word.

  3. Lorne Baring:

    With the confirmation of the Fed rate rise due to a strong U.S. economy, investors took cheer as the decision formalises opinion that the U.S. economy is broadly expanding.

  4. Reno Mayor Eric Hunter:

    My primary point was that Mr. [O'Rourke] is wrong, there are many other things one can do that is more American than showing such disrespect for our veterans and our country, while it's the right of anyone to kneel and I would defend that right, it's also our right to state our opinion that their method of protest is disrespectful. We have four veterans on our council including myself, and I think we would all agree on that point.

  5. Marco Rubio:

    It's my personal opinion that this guy is going to have to create some new crisis, do something to reset the strategic balance and force everyone to the table with him, it could be a combination of things, including a siege of Kyiv where 3 million people are being starved to death.

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