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Definition of the noun opinion

What does opinion mean as a name of something?

Opinion is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: opinions

  1. a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
  2. 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
    • example: his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of opinion: view
    • more generic terms: content / message / subject matter / substance = what a communication that is about something is about
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • speculation / supposition / conjecture / hypothesis / surmisal / surmise / guess = 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
  3. a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people
  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)
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of opinion: ruling
    • more generic terms: judgement / judgment / judicial decision = the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
    • more specific word: fatwa = a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority
    • instance: Bakke decision = a ruling by the Supreme Court on affirmative action
  6. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

Alternative definition of the noun opinion


  1. A belief that a person has formed about a topic or issue.

Definition of the verb opinion

What does opinion mean as a doing word?


  1. [transitive, archaic] To have or express as an opinion.


Opinion a.k.a. Opinião is a Venue, Building in Porto Alegre.


  1. "Opinion" is a song by Kurt Cobain, lead singer and guitarist of the American rock band, Nirvana. It is survived by only one known version: a solo acoustic rendition performed live on an Olympia, Washington college radio show on September 25, 1990. This version appeared on bootlegs for many years, and in 2004 was officially released on the band's box set, With the Lights Out and again, in 2005, on the compilation album Sliver - The Best of the Box.
    • also known as Opinion (Electric), Opinion (solo acoustic radio appearance)
    • music and lyrics by Kurt Cobain
  2. "Opinion" is a composition.


  1. "Opinion" is a film, directed by Matt Hill.
  2. "Opinion" is a film, directed by Audrey Beaulé.
    • country: Canada
    • language: French
    • genre: Animation
    • released in


  1. Opinion: In general, an opinion is a subjective belief, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. An opinion may be supported by an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. However, it can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analysing the supporting arguments.
  2. Opinion a.k.a. Opinión is a newspaper published in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Phrases with Opinion

  1. opinion poll
  2. public opinion poll
  3. In My Opinion
  4. legal opinion
  5. public opinion
  6. Second opinion
  7. adverse opinion
  8. popular opinion
  9. Advisory opinion
  10. In One's Opinion
  11. majority opinion
  12. concurring opinion
  13. dissenting opinion
  14. preconceived opinion
  15. difference of opinion

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Opinion

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Google previewCrisis Communications, A Casebook Approach (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Public opinion: Public opinion is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs. Public opinion can also be...

Google previewA History of the Doctrine of the Holy Eucharist (2007)

by Darwell Stone

The first opinion is that the sacrifice consists in all these four actions, so that, if any one of them were lacking, the sacrifice would not be complete. . . . The second opinion is that . . . in accordance with which there are three actions which are ...

Google previewA Cyclopaedia of Biblical Literature (1846)

by John Kitto

The present object of inquiry, however, is only whether any plot or fable be contained or represented in this poem ; and upon this point the most probable opinion is that of the celebrated Bossuet, a critic whose profound learning will ever be ...

Google previewA Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature,... Illustrated by Numerous Engravings (1845)

The present object of inquiry, however, is only whether any plot or fable be contained or represented in this poem ; and upon this point the most probable opinion is that of the celebrated Bossuet, a critic whose profound learning will ever be ...

Google previewA cyclopædia of biblical literature, ed. by J. Kitto (1845)

by John Kitto

The present object of inquiry, however, is only whether any plot or falile be contained or represented in this poem ; and upon this point the most probable opinion is that of the celebrated Bossuet, a critic whose profound learning will ever be ...

Google previewGeneral Intellects (2017)

Twenty-Five Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century by McKenzie Wark

Public opinion is the sum of wills; general will is the sum of the difference of wills. Azuma offers a useful analogy: public opinion is scalar; the general will is vectoral. Public opinion is an averaging of the “masses”; the general will is the sum of ...

Google preview1963 Proceedings: Fifty-Fourth Annual Convention of Rotary International

Public opinion is the sum of individual ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (2015)

by Frederick F. Wherry, Juliet B. Schor, Consulting Editor

Both private firms and governments use surveys—opinion polls—to inform public policies and public relations.

Google previewThe 9/11 Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition [2 volumes] (2011)

Second Edition by Stephen E Atkins

An opinion poll conducted by Zogby International in September 2007 reported that a large majority (81 percent) of those surveyed either “strongly agreed” or “ somewhat agreed” that the 9/11 attacks permanently altered how the American ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Oregon (1999)

by Nancy Capace

of this section and all law applicable thereto, it shall dismiss the petition by written opinion on or before September 1 of the same year ...

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Quotes about Opinion

A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion is made up of the opinion of all the others. Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu. (Marcel Proust)
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Scrabble value of O1P3I1N1I1O1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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