- a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
- a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.
- the formal expression of a professional judgment: to ask for a second medical opinion.
- Law. the formal statement by a judge or court of the reasoning and the principles of law used in reaching a decision of a case.
- a judgment or estimate of a person or thing with respect to character, merit, etc.: to forfeit someone's good opinion.
- a favorable estimate; esteem: I haven't much of an opinion of him.
Origin of opinion
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Examples from the Web for opinion
In a bit of foreshadowing, he repeated that opinion in November.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
In my opinion I think that the smugglers are real criminals.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Spin control began, Florida-style: the opinion only covers some counties, some people, some times.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
In my opinion Lee was one of the greatest actors of all time.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
He's watching it because of his fondness for Bergman and because, he says, “She'll be nervous about my opinion.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
"You are welcome to your opinion," returned Robert, indifferently.
"You asked my opinion, and I gave it," said Robert, not flinching.
But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.
There was less diversity of opinion in regard to Elinor's picture.The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")
But I used then to say, and I still am of opinion, that he wants a heart: and if he does, he wants every thing.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- judgment or belief not founded on certainty or proof
- the prevailing or popular feeling or viewpublic opinion
- evaluation, impression, or estimation of the value or worth of a person or thing
- an evaluation or judgment given by an experta medical opinion
- the advice given by a barrister or counsel on a case submitted to him or her for a view on the legal points involved
- a matter of opinion a point open to question
- be of the opinion that to believe that
Word Origin and History for opinion
c.1300, from Old French opinion "opinion, view, judgements founded upon probabilities" (12c.), from Latin opinionem (nominative opinio) "opinion, conjecture, fancy, belief, what one thinks; appreciation, esteem," from stem of opinari "think, judge, suppose, opine," from PIE *op- "to choose" (see option).
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. [Milton, "Areopagitica"]