What is opinion?

  • (noun): A belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people.
    Example: "He asked for a poll of public opinion"
    Synonyms: public opinion, popular opinion, vox populi
    See also — Additional definitions below

Opinion

In general, an opinion is a belief about matters commonly considered to be subjective, 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. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analysing the supporting arguments. In casual use, the term opinion may be the result of a person's perspective, understanding, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact-based beliefs.

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Izhar Ul-Haqq - Contents
... The Arguments Distortions The Admission of Christian Scholars The Opinion of Encyclopaedia Britannica Watson’s Admission Beausobre and Lenfant’s opinion The ...
Nationwide Opinion Polling For The Democratic Party 2008 Presidential Candidates
... For state-by state numbers see Statewide opinion polling for the Democratic Party presidential primaries, 2008 This is a collection of scientific, public nationwide opinion polls that have been conducted relating to ...
Graat V. The Queen
... Court of Canada on the admissibility of opinion evidence ... The Court held that lay persons may give opinion evidence, which is normally reserved only for expert witnesses, where the opinion so closely infers fact that it is a "compendious ...
Anthony Kennedy - Supreme Court Tenure - Jurisprudence - Capital Punishment
... In 2008, Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in Kennedy v ... The opinion, joined by the court's four more liberal justices, held that "he Eighth Amendment bars Louisiana from imposing the death penalty for the rape of a child where the crime did not result ... they cannot compare to murder in their severity and irrevocability." The opinion concluded that in cases of crimes against individuals, "the death penalty should not be expanded to instances ...
Collective and Professional Opinions - Editorial Opinion
... An "editorial opinion" is the stated opinion of a newspaper or of its publisher, as conveyed on the editorial page ...

More definitions of "opinion":

  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: view
  • (noun): The reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself).
    Synonyms: ruling
  • (noun): A personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty.
    Example: "My opinion differs from yours"
    Synonyms: sentiment, persuasion, view, thought

Famous quotes containing the word opinion:

    I haven’t much opinion of words.... They’re apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that’s what I say.
    Ellen Glasgow (1874–1945)

    The opinion which is fated to be ultimately agreed to by all who investigate, is what we mean by the truth, and the object represented in this opinion is the real. That is the way I would explain reality.
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914)

    I don’t mind saying in advance that in my opinion jealousy is normal and healthy. Jealousy arises out of the fact that children love. If they have no capacity to love, then they don’t show jealousy.
    D.W. Winnicott (20th century)