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OPINION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does opinion mean? 

OPINION (noun)
  The noun OPINION has 6 senses:

1. a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
2. a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people
3. a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof
4. the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision
5. the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
6. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

  Familiarity information: OPINION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


OPINION (noun)


Sense 1opinion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

opinion; persuasion; sentiment; thought; view

Context examples:

my opinion differs from yours / what are your thoughts on Haiti?

Hypernyms ("opinion" is a kind of...):

belief (any cognitive content held as true)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "opinion"):

political sympathies; politics (the opinion you hold with respect to political questions)

pole (one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions)

parti pris; preconceived idea; preconceived notion; preconceived opinion; preconception; prepossession (an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence)

eyes (opinion or judgment)

judgement; judgment; mind (an opinion formed by judging something)

idea (a personal view)


Sense 2opinion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

popular opinion; public opinion; vox populi; opinion

Context example:

he asked for a poll of public opinion

Hypernyms ("opinion" is a kind of...):

belief (any cognitive content held as true)


Sense 3opinion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

opinion; view

Context example:

his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page

Hypernyms ("opinion" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "opinion"):

adverse opinion (an opinion concerning financial statements (usually based on an audit by a CPA) that the statements as a whole do not present results fairly or are not in conformity with the generally accepted accounting practices of the United States)

conjecture; guess; hypothesis; speculation; supposition; surmisal; surmise (a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence)

position; side (an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute)


Sense 4opinion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

judgement; legal opinion; opinion; judgment

Context example:

opinions are usually written by a single judge

Hypernyms ("opinion" is a kind of...):

instrument; legal document; legal instrument; official document ((law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "opinion"):

dictum; obiter dictum (an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding)

fatwah ((Islam) a legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar)

majority opinion (the opinion joined by a majority of the court (generally known simply as 'the opinion'))

dissenting opinion (an opinion that disagrees with the court's disposition of the case)

concurring opinion (an opinion that agrees with the court's disposition of the case but is written to express a particular judge's reasoning)


Sense 5opinion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

ruling; opinion

Hypernyms ("opinion" is a kind of...):

judgement; judgment; judicial decision ((law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "opinion"):

fatwa (a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority)

Instance hyponyms:

Bakke decision (a ruling by the Supreme Court on affirmative action; the Court ruled in 1978 that medical schools are entitled to consider race as a factor in their admission policy)


Sense 6opinion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A vague idea in which some confidence is placed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

notion; impression; feeling; belief; opinion

Context examples:

his impression of her was favorable / what are your feelings about the crisis? / it strengthened my belief in his sincerity / I had a feeling that she was lying

Hypernyms ("opinion" is a kind of...):

idea; thought (the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "opinion"):

presence (the impression that something is present)

effect (an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived))

first blush (at the first glimpse or impression)

hunch; intuition; suspicion (an impression that something might be the case)


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