opinion

noun
opin·​ion | \ ə-ˈpin-yən How to pronounce opinion (audio) \

Definition of opinion

1a : a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter We asked them for their opinions about the new stadium.
b : approval, esteem I have no great opinion of his work.
2a : belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge a person of rigid opinions
b : a generally held view news programs that shape public opinion
3a : a formal expression of judgment or advice by an expert My doctor says that I need an operation, but I'm going to get a second opinion.
b : the formal expression (as by a judge, court, or referee) of the legal reasons and principles upon which a legal decision is based The article discusses the recent Supreme Court opinion.

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Other Words from opinion

opinioned \ ə-​ˈpin-​yənd How to pronounce opinioned (audio) \ adjective

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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

Examples of opinion in a Sentence

We asked for their opinions about the new stadium. In my opinion, it's the best car on the market. The article discusses two recent Supreme Court opinions.
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Recent Examples on the Web With two of his challengers in jail and a third in exile, opinion polls banned, independent observers barred and riot police poised to crush protests, Mr Lukashenko is certain to declare himself the winner, with a fat majority. The Economist, "Putin’s pal in peril The right way to get rid of President Alexander Lukashenko," 1 Aug. 2020 The only person whose opinion that matters is your own. Louise Green, SELF, "A Pep Talk for Anyone Who Wants to Work Out Right Now But Feels Like Fitness Isn’t for Them (or Is Too Self-Conscious to Start)," 30 July 2020 That guidance was described in an opinion paper also published alongside the new study in JAMA on Wednesday. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Schools closures in spring were linked to reductions in Covid-19 cases and deaths, study says," 29 July 2020 That being said, I am disheartened to see staffers at the Journal demanding that the opinion section be changed. WSJ, "Journal Readers React to ‘A Note to Readers’," 29 July 2020 After received a request for guidance from Stephenville Mayor Doug Svien, Paxton issued the opinion on Tuesday. Dan Mccaleb, Washington Examiner, "Texas attorney general: Local health authorities can't issue sweeping orders closing schools," 29 July 2020 But this goes beyond a difference of opinion or interpretation. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cold, hard cash, not character, made Daniel Snyder change Washington's NFL nickname," 14 July 2020 The incident came a day after public opinion polls showed dismal approval of Netanyahu’s handling of the pandemic. Washington Post, "Israeli police break up anti-Netanyahu protest in Jerusalem," 13 July 2020 While the primaries are only for the opposition camp, the level of participation is seen as a guide to popular opinion in the city of 7.5 million people, a major financial hub. The Christian Science Monitor, "Big Hong Kong voter turnout in defiance of Chinese security law," 12 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'opinion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of opinion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for opinion

Middle English opinioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French opinion, borrowed from Latin opīniōn-, opīniō "what or how one thinks about something, expectation, estimation, reputation," from opīn-, base of opīnārī "to hold as an opinion, think, have in mind" (of obscure origin) + -iōn-, -iō, suffix of verbal action

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“Opinion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opinion. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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opinion

noun
How to pronounce opinion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of opinion

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

opinion

noun
opin·​ion | \ ə-ˈpin-yən How to pronounce opinion (audio) \

Kids Definition of opinion

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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.

opinion

noun
opin·​ion | \ ə-ˈpin-yən How to pronounce opinion (audio) \

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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opinion

noun
opin·​ion | \ ə-ˈpin-yən How to pronounce opinion (audio) \

Legal Definition of opinion

1a : a belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge
b : a formal expression of a judgment or appraisal by an expert — see also opinion testimony at testimony — compare fact
2a : advice or evaluation regarding the legal issues involved in a situation given by an attorney to a client an opinion of title

called also legal opinion

— see also opinion letter at letter sense 1
b : an advisory opinion issued by an authorized public official (as an attorney general) or a recognized body (as the American Bar Association)
3a : the formal written expression by a court or judge of the reasons and principles of law upon which the decision in a case is based — compare holding, judgment, ruling
advisory opinion
: a nonbinding opinion or evaluation of a court or other judicial or quasi-judicial authority or body regarding the effect of the law on a situation that does not present an actual controversy between parties to answer questions which were not brought before this Court would be to issue an advisory opinionJBC of Wyoming Corp. v. City of Cheyenne, 843 P.2d 1190 (1992)

Note: Advisory opinions are issued especially by administrative agencies and by some state courts. Federal courts are constrained by the U.S. Constitution to deciding only cases or controversies and cannot issue advisory opinions.

concurring opinion
: an opinion by a judge who agrees with the result in a case but not necessarily with the reasoning used to reach it
dissenting opinion
: an opinion by a judge who disagrees with the result in a case
majority opinion
: an opinion in a case that is written by one judge and in which a majority of the judges on the court join
memorandum opinion
1 : a brief opinion of a court that announces the result of a case without extensive discussion and that is usually unpublished and cannot be cited as precedent
2 : an opinion of the U.S. Tax Court that is ordered not to be published but that is authoritative as precedent
3a : an opinion of a court that sets forth the court's views or intended decision in a case but does not constitute the judgment
b : an opinion of a court or judge setting forth the conclusions and findings and containing or constituting the actual order, judgment, or decree in the case
per curiam opinion
: a usually very brief unanimous opinion attributed to the court as a whole and not to any particular judge
plurality opinion
: an opinion with which a majority of the judges on the court concur in result but not in reasoning
separate opinion
: an opinion written separately by a judge who dissents or who concurs only in the result of the majority opinion
slip opinion
: an opinion published in temporary form soon after the decision is rendered
b : a written explanation for a decision reached by an official (as an arbitrator) presiding over the nonjudicial resolution of a dispute

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