Definition of belief
1 : a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing her belief in God a belief in democracy I bought the table in the belief that it was an antique. contrary to popular belief
2 : something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion : something believed an individual's religious or political beliefs; especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group the beliefs of the Catholic Church
3 : conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence belief in the validity of scientific statements
Examples of belief in a Sentence
There is growing belief that these policies will not succeed.
He gets angry if anyone challenges his religious beliefs.
We challenged his beliefs about religion.
Recent Examples of belief from the Web
Franken’s own, decidedly liberal beliefs were why he was passed over for anchor of Weekend Update in 1994—a remarkable commitment to impartiality from a satirical comedy show.
People often resist information that challenges their beliefs.
The contraceptive coverage mandate was part of the Affordable Care Act, and dozens of lawsuits were filed by employers who say the mandate violates their religious beliefs.
After the game, Servais was steadfast in his belief that Rockies catcher Ryan Hanigan had violated the rule by blocking the plate with his left leg before catching the ball and not offering Gamel a clear path to slide into.
One of his core beliefs was that the memory of the Vietnam War had made his party overly reluctant to flex U.S. military might.
Our goal is to reach as much of the population as possible, selecting shows that attract a diverse audience and attract participants from all faiths and beliefs.
That belief in a separate Taiwanese identity later became a constant thread woven throughout Mr. Lim’s music.
Pushback gradually spread in conservative media and on social media, with many critics calling it an unwanted intrusion of Muslim beliefs and culture.
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Synonym Discussion of belief
synonyms see in addition opinion
BELIEF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of belief for English Language Learners
: a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true
: a feeling that something is good, right, or valuable
: a feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone
BELIEF Defined for Kids
Definition of belief for Students
1 : a feeling of being sure that a person or thing exists or is true or trustworthy belief in ghosts belief in democracy
2 : religious faith
3 : something believed It's my belief that our team really won.
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