noun opin·ion \ə-ˈpin-yən\

: a belief, judgment, or way of thinking about something : what someone thinks about a particular thing

: advice from someone with special knowledge : advice from an expert

: a formal statement by a judge, court, etc., explaining the reasons a decision was made according to laws or rules

Full Definition of OPINION

a :  a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter
b :  approval, esteem
a :  belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge
b :  a generally held view
a :  a formal expression of judgment or advice by an expert
b :  the formal expression (as by a judge, court, or referee) of the legal reasons and principles upon which a legal decision is based
opin·ioned \-yənd\ adjective

Examples of OPINION

  1. We asked for their opinions about the new stadium.
  2. In my opinion, it's the best car on the market.
  3. The article discusses two recent Supreme Court opinions.

Origin of OPINION

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin opinion-, opinio, from opinari
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of OPINION

opinion, view, belief, conviction, persuasion, sentiment mean a judgment one holds as true. opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute <each expert seemed to have a different opinion>. view suggests a subjective opinion <very assertive in stating his views>. belief implies often deliberate acceptance and intellectual assent <a firm belief in her party's platform>. conviction applies to a firmly and seriously held belief <the conviction that animal life is as sacred as human>. persuasion suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth <was of the persuasion that everything changes>. sentiment suggests a settled opinion reflective of one's feelings <her feminist sentiments are well-known>.

Rhymes with OPINION

OPINION Defined for Kids


noun opin·ion \ə-ˈpin-yən\

Definition of OPINION for Kids

:  a belief based on experience and on certain facts but not amounting to sure knowledge <In my opinion you should take the job.>
:  a judgment about a person or thing <She has a high opinion of herself.>
:  a statement by an expert after careful study <He should get an opinion from a lawyer.>

Synonym Discussion of OPINION

opinion and belief mean a judgment that someone thinks is true. opinion is used when the judgment is not yet final or certain but is founded on some facts. <I soon changed my opinion of the plan.> belief is used if the judgment is certain and firm in a person's own mind without regard to the amount or kind of evidence. <It's my belief we'll win the election.>
Medical Dictionary


noun opin·ion \ə-ˈpin-yən\

Medical Definition of OPINION

:  a formal expression of judgment or advice by an expert <wanted a second opinion on the advisability of performing the operation>


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