• Expert Opinion
    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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  • 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
    William R. Alger
    “Public opinion is a second conscience.”
  • Les Brown
    “Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”


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


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

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;
What's your opinion?
"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:

We're talking about political opinions.
Any opinion or random thought can be posted and shared in seconds.
What's your opinion of it.
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.
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.

In science:

The model thus describes the spread of opinions among traders.
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