- 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
Synonyms for opinion
- 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 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"]
see form an opinion; matter of opinion.