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English noun: opinion

1. opinion (cognition) a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

SamplesMy opinion differs from yours.
I am not of your persuasion.
What are your thoughts on Haiti?.

Synonymspersuasion, sentiment, thought, view

Broader (hypernym)belief

Narrower (hyponym)eyes, idea, judgement, judgment, mind, parti pris, pole, political sympathies, politics, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession

2. opinion (communication) 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

SamplesHis opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page.


Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance

Narrower (hyponym)adverse opinion, conjecture, guess, hypothesis, position, side, speculation, supposition, surmisal, surmise

3. opinion (cognition) a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people

SamplesHe asked for a poll of public opinion.

Synonymspopular opinion, public opinion, vox populi

Broader (hypernym)belief

4. opinion (communication) the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision

SamplesOpinions are usually written by a single judge.

Synonymsjudgement, judgment, legal opinion

Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

Narrower (hyponym)concurring opinion, dictum, dissenting opinion, fatwah, majority opinion, obiter dictum

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

5. opinion (act) the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)


Broader (hypernym)judgement, judgment, judicial decision

Narrower (hyponym)fatwa

Instance hyponymBakke decision

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

6. opinion (cognition) a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

SamplesHis 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.

Synonymsbelief, feeling, impression, notion

Broader (hypernym)idea, thought

Narrower (hyponym)effect, first blush, hunch, intuition, presence, suspicion

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