What is opinion?

  • (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
    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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Some articles on opinion:

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 ...
Graat V. The Queen
819, is the leading case decided by the Supreme 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 ...
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 ...
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 ... public, 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 ...

More definitions of "opinion":

  • (noun): The reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself).
    Synonyms: ruling
  • (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

Famous quotes containing the word opinion:

    Uncle Matthew’s four years in France and Italy between 1914 and 1918 had given him no great opinion of foreigners. “Frogs,” he would say, “are slightly better than Huns or Wops, but abroad is unutterably bloody and foreigners are fiends.”
    Nancy Mitford (1904–1973)

    All the followers of science are fully persuaded that the processes of investigation, if only pushed far enough, will give one certain solution to each question to which they can be applied.... This great law is embodied in the conception of truth and reality. 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.
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914)

    Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.
    —G.C. (Georg Christoph)