# opinion

## Definitions

• Expert Opinion
• WordNet 3.6
• n opinion the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
• n opinion a vague idea in which some confidence is placed "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"
• n opinion a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty "my opinion differs from yours","I am not of your persuasion","what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
• n opinion a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people "he asked for a poll of public opinion"
• n opinion the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision "opinions are usually written by a single judge"
• n opinion 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 "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
• Opinion Favorable estimation; hence, consideration; reputation; fame; public sentiment or esteem. "Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion .""This gained Agricola much opinion , who . . . had made such early progress into laborious . . . enterprises."
• Opinion Obstinacy in holding to one's belief or impression; opiniativeness; conceitedness.
• Opinion That which is opined; a notion or conviction founded on probable evidence; belief stronger than impression, less strong than positive knowledge; settled judgment in regard to any point of knowledge or action. "Opinion is when the assent of the understanding is so far gained by evidence of probability, that it rather inclines to one persuasion than to another, yet not without a mixture of incertainty or doubting.""I can not put off my opinion so easily."
• Opinion (Law) The formal decision, or expression of views, of a judge, an umpire, a counselor, or other party officially called upon to consider and decide upon a matter or point submitted.
• Opinion The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation. "I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people.""Friendship . . . gives a man a peculiar right and claim to the good opinion of his friend.""However, I have no opinion of those things."
• v. t Opinion To opine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
• n opinion A judgment formed or a conclusion reached; especially, a judgment formed on evidence that does not produce knowledge or certainty; one's view of a matter; what one thinks, as distinguished from what one knows to be true.
• n opinion Specifically — The estimate which one forms regarding persons or things with reference to their character, qualities, etc.: as, to have a poor opinion of a man's honesty, or of the efficiency of some arrangement or contrivance; a poor opinion of one's self.
• n opinion Favorable judgment or estimate; estimation.
• n opinion Judgment or persuasion, held more or less intelligently or firmly; conviction: often in the plural: as, one's political opinions.
• n opinion A judgment or view regarded as influenced more by sentiment or feeling than by reason; especially, views so held by many at once, collectively regarded as constituting a social force which tends to control the minds of men and determine their action.
• n opinion Common notion or idea; belief.
• n opinion Rumor; report.
• n opinion A professional judgment on a case submitted for examination: as, a legal or medical opinion.
• n opinion Standing in the eyes of one's neighbors or society at large; reputation; especially, favorable reputation; credit.
• n opinion Dogmatism; opinionativeness.
• n opinion Synonyms Belief, Conviction, etc. (see persuasion); sentiment, notion, idea, view, impression.
• opinion To think; opine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
• n Opinion ō-pin′yun one's belief, judgment: favourable estimation:
• n Opinion ō-pin′yun (Shak.) opinionativeness
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## Quotations

• Les Brown
“Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”
• Mark Twain
“The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.”
• Josh Billings
“There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won t.”
• John F. Kennedy
“The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.”
• William R. Alger
“Public opinion is a second conscience.”
• Les Brown
“Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”

## Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from L. opinio,. See Opine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

## Usage

### In literature:

A sharp bombardment may, perhaps, make a change in public opinion, but I can only speak of the opinion of to-day.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
If the English opinion was favorable, the French might fairly be called enthusiastic.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
He assumes as facts things which are mere matters of opinion, and, I think, of erroneous and injurious opinion.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
Various opinions have been expressed regarding the witch of Endor.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Her one idea of her position as Queen was to agree with any expression of opinion that fell from the King.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
Some conversations and opinions his papers preserve tend to throw light upon his course and character.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
I should like to have your opinion.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
The tumults in America I expected would have produced in Europe an unfavorable opinion of our political state.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Still more recently, however, a revulsion of opinion has taken place.
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet
I am not aware of any other religious opinion which I owe to Dr. Whately.
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
But to have a due regard to public opinion is one thing, and to make that opinion the principal rule of action, quite another.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
That opinion has long been abandoned.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
My opinion, so far as I have any opinion, is that what Ireland wants is to be let alone.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
The Queen would not be sorry if these gentlemen knew that this is her opinion.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
It may be well to trace briefly the fluctuations of public opinion, to which the career of Pitt stands in vital relation.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
A man whose opinions at fifty are his opinions at fourteen has opinions of very little value.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Edith could only receive this in silence, and keep her own opinion to herself.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
The great author of the Declaration himself has expressed that opinion uniformly and strongly.
"Daniel Webster for Young Americans" by Daniel Webster
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### In poetry:

Bless'd be the princes who have fought
For pompous names or wide dominion,
Since by their error we are taught
That happiness is but opinion.
"Written In The Nouveaux Interests Des Princes De L'Europe" by Matthew Prior
So, he's been telling that yarn about mother!
Bless you! he tells it to every stranger:
Folks about yer say the old man's my father;
"In The Mission Garden" by Francis Bret Harte
Virtue and vice are names, not qualities,
And when the baffled cry that might is right,
No smug opinion from the unconscious skies
For doubtful virtue's sake shall hold them to their plight.
"Reason And Honour " by Eden Phillpotts
In this sacred retreat I my cares would confide,
And there my half-forming opinions should hide;
If true, gather strength for the brightness of day--
If false, in the shade, unreprov'd, die away!
"Vignette - XVI" by Matilda Betham
And that, in my opinion, is really very unjust;
But the time is not far distant, I most earnestly trust,
When women will have a parliamentary vote,
And many of them, I hope, will wear a better petticoat.
"Women's Suffrage" by William Topaz McGonagall
This owd Tommy Towers (by that name he were known)
Had an owd carrion tit that were sheer skin an' bone;
To have killed him for t' curs wad have bin quite as well,
But 't were Tommy's opinion he'd dee on himsel!
"The Yorkshire Horse Dealers" by Anonymous British

### In news:

Any opinion or random thought can be posted and shared in seconds.
The Wemstroms are writers appearing on The Journal-Standard's Opinion page.
OPINION Once again, Lebanese civilians are getting blasted, killed, and bombed by high-tech American weapons because Israel is angry and lashing out.
DID LINCOLN DISCARD HIS RACIAL PREJUDICES AFTER THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION AS POPULAR OPINION SUGGESTS.
Veterans' sacrifices crossed color line, even in an era of segregation (opinion from Jim Noles).
Public opinion has come around .
As a married woman I have wanted for some months now to respond to the many opinions I have read in the daily newspapers both for and against same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
It is interesting to read the great variance of expert opinion about the success or failure of running our schools.
Leave Granted – Do common-law corporate doctrines survive Nonprofit Corp. Search for opinions, news and archives.
OPINION Hoping RGIII got a healthy scare.
OPINION Rotation has to turn it on.
Bar exam passers weren't showing 'minimum competence in Mich. Search for opinions, news and archives.
Press Releases BB&T's employee benefits consulting firm earns coveted unqualified SSAE 16 Type II audit opinion.
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### In science:

A simple model of price formation
The model thus describes the spread of opinions.
A simple model of price formation
Several other scientists also reject the ma jority opinion.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
In our opinion, Dhar’s result is a consequence of autocorrelations due to ﬁnite size effects.
Reply to comment on "Simple one-dimensional model of heat conduction which obeys Fourier's law"
In proofs we omit some technical details when they do not contain in our opinion any nontrivial idea.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Owing to this situation, the choice between the two alternatives has been largely a matter of opinion of the various authors.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
It is our opinion that the reduction in the conductance does not necessarily mean that all waves are actually localized.
Are waves all localized in two dimensional random media?
Such opinion is prevailing in physics already from the Einstein ﬁrst paper on SR .
The Proof that the Standard Transformations of E and B are not the Lorentz Transformations. Clifford Algebra Formalism
In our opinion, the approach and the conclusions of Ref. are wrong and here we present why it is so.
Comment on London Theory for Superconducting Phase Transitions in External Magnetic Fields: Application to $\text{UPt}_{3}$''
This paper, in our opinion, sets challenges for the scientists, and we shall discuss how to address some of these challenges.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This plan causes dp2 to win, which is a desirable outcome, in our opinion.
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
Our opinion remains that coherent continuous-wave conversion can only be achieved by a diﬃcult-to-impossible balance of laser intensity and condensate density.
Improved efficiency of stimulated Raman adiabatic passage in photoassociation of a Bose-Einstein condensate
In our opinion it is not a proper way to study dynamical systems.
Geometry of Dynamical Systems
In my opinion, this provides substantial evidence for the “GW=DT” correspondence.
Random surfaces enumerating algebraic curves
In our opinion the only further reduction in possible diffusions (ξ , M) are regularity requirements on the homogenous function A.
On Chordal and Bilateral SLE in multiply connected domains
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