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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
be•lief /bɪˈlif/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. something believed[countable]a deep belief in his ability to succeed.
  2. 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.
  3. [uncountable] confidence; faith;
    trust: children's belief in their parents.
  4. Religion something believed as a part of faith[countable]religious beliefs.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
be•lief  (bi lēf), 
  1. something believed;
    an opinion or conviction:a belief that the earth is flat.
  2. confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof:a statement unworthy of belief.
  3. confidence; faith;
    trust:a child's belief in his parents.
  4. a religious tenet or tenets;
    religious creed or faith:the Christian belief.
Etymology: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 . view, tenet, conclusion, persuasion. 2 . 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 . doctrine, dogma.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

belief /bɪˈliːf/ n
  1. a principle, proposition, idea, etc, accepted as true
  2. opinion; conviction
  3. religious faith
  4. trust or confidence, as in a person or a person's abilities, probity, etc

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