- judgment or belief not founded on certainty or proof
- the prevailing or popular feeling or view: public opinion
- evaluation, impression, or estimation of the value or worth of a person or thing
- an evaluation or judgment given by an expert: a 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
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- [uncountable] a belief or judgment based on information that one cannot be certain about.
- [countable] a personal view or belief.
- the formal expression of a professional judgment:[countable]got a second medical opinion.
- Law[countable] the formal statement by a judge or a court of the principles used in reaching a decision on a case.
- 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.
- Lawthe 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.
- 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.