- a principle, proposition, idea, etc, accepted as true
- opinion; conviction
- religious faith
- trust or confidence, as in a person or a person's abilities, probity, etc
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- something believed:[countable]a deep belief in his ability to succeed.
- confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof:[uncountable]My belief in God has nothing to do with my scientific inquiries.
- [uncountable] confidence;
trust: children's belief in their parents.
- Religion something believed as a part of faith:[countable]religious beliefs.
- something believed;
an opinion or conviction:a belief that the earth is flat.
- confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof:a statement unworthy of belief.
trust:a child's belief in his parents.
- a religious tenet or tenets;
religious creed or faith:the Christian belief.
- 1125–75; earlier bile(e)ve (noun, nominal use of verb, verbal); replacing Middle English bileave, equivalent. to bi- be- + leave; compare Old English gelēafa (cognate with Dutch geloof, German Glaube; akin to Gothic galaubeins)
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged view, tenet, conclusion, persuasion.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged assurance. Belief, certainty, conviction refer to acceptance of, or confidence in, an alleged fact or body of facts as true or right without positive knowledge or proof. Belief is such acceptance in general:belief in astrology.Certainty indicates unquestioning belief and positiveness in one's own mind that something is true:I know this for a certainty.Conviction is settled, profound, or earnest belief that something is right:a conviction that a decision is just.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged doctrine, dogma.