Essential Meaning of opinion
1 : a belief, judgment, or way of thinking about something : what someone thinks about a particular thing Why ask (for) my opinion if you have already decided? I value your opinion. [=I respect the way you think about things] See More ExamplesWe asked for their opinions about/on the new stadium. In my opinion, it's the best car on the market. Most of the people surveyed have a high/low opinion of the organization. [=most of the people surveyed think that the organization is good/bad] She has enough knowledge of the system to offer an informed opinion [=an opinion based on information] of why it isn't working. The meeting will give residents a chance to listen to some expert opinions. [=opinions of experts] The owner of the store is often there to offer customers expert opinion. [=an expert's opinion] Which one is better is a matter of opinion. [=people have different opinions about which one is better] I'm glad that we can have a difference of opinion [=we can disagree] and still be friends. The general opinion is that the players are paid too much. [=most people think that the players are paid too much] The company has been unsuccessful in its efforts to sway/change public opinion. [=to change what most people think] Contrary to popular opinion [=despite what many people think], fame does not always bring happiness.
2 : advice from someone with special knowledge : advice from an expert We're still seeking medical opinions [=advice from doctors] on the cause of the pain. My doctor says I need surgery, but I'm going to get a second opinion. [=advice from a second doctor to make sure advice from the first doctor is correct]
3 technical : a formal statement by a judge, court, etc., explaining the reasons a decision was made according to laws or rules The article discusses two recent Supreme Court opinions.
Full 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.
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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