WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
o•pin•ion /əˈpɪnyən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] a belief or judgment based on information that one cannot be certain about.
  2. [countable] a personal view or belief.
  3. the formal expression of a professional judgment:[countable]got a second medical opinion.
  4. Law[countable] the formal statement by a judge or a court of the principles used in reaching a decision on a case.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
o•pin•ion  (ə pinyən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
  2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.
  3. the formal expression of a professional judgment:to ask for a second medical opinion.
  4. Lawthe formal statement by a judge or court of the reasoning and the principles of law used in reaching a decision of a case.
  5. a judgment or estimate of a person or thing with respect to character, merit, etc.:to forfeit someone's good opinion.
  6. a favorable estimate;
    esteem:I haven't much of an opinion of him.
  • Latin opīniōn- (stem of opīniō), derivative of opīnārī to opine
  • Old French
  • Middle English 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged persuasion, notion, idea, impression.
      Opinion, sentiment, view are terms for one's conclusion about something. An
      opinion is a belief or judgment that falls short of absolute conviction, certainty, or positive knowledge;
      it is a conclusion that certain facts, ideas, etc., are probably true or likely to prove so:political opinions;
      an opinion about art;
      In my opinion this is true.
      Sentiment (usuallypl. ) refers to a rather fixed conviction, usually based on feeling or emotion rather than reasoning:These are my sentiments.View is an estimate of something, an intellectual judgment, a critical survey based on a mental examination, particularly of a public matter:views on governmental planning.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

opinion /əˈpɪnjən/ n
  1. judgment or belief not founded on certainty or proof
  2. the prevailing or popular feeling or view: public opinion
  3. evaluation, impression, or estimation of the value or worth of a person or thing
  4. an evaluation or judgment given by an expert: a medical opinion
  5. the advice given by a barrister or counsel on a case submitted to him or her for a view on the legal points involved
  6. a matter of opiniona point open to question
  7. be of the opinion thatto believe that
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin opīniō belief, from opīnārī to think; see opine



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