from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof: "The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion” ( Elizabeth Drew).
- n. A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert: a medical opinion.
- n. A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing: has a low opinion of braggarts.
- n. The prevailing view: public opinion.
- n. Law A formal statement by a court or other adjudicative body of the legal reasons and principles for the conclusions of the court.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A belief that a person has formed about a topic or issue.
- v. To have or express as an opinion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.
- n. Favorable estimation; hence, consideration; reputation; fame; public sentiment or esteem.
- n. Obstinacy in holding to one's belief or impression; opiniativeness; conceitedness.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To opine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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. Favorable judgment or estimate; estimation.
- n. Judgment or persuasion, held more or less intelligently or firmly; conviction: often in the plural: as, one's political opinions.
- n. 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. Common notion or idea; belief.
- n. Rumor; report.
- n. A professional judgment on a case submitted for examination: as, a legal or medical opinion.
- n. Standing in the eyes of one's neighbors or society at large; reputation; especially, favorable reputation; credit.
- n. Dogmatism; opinionativeness.
- n. Synonyms Belief, Conviction, etc. (see persuasion); sentiment, notion, idea, view, impression.
- To think; opine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people
- n. the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision
- n. the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
- n. a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
- n. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
- n. 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
Basically this guy was sugesting that as what I had recieved from Mr. Havock was merely his _opinion_ in the same way as an editorial expresses an opinion, any action I take on the basis of that opinion is my own look out.
_The relations of expert opinion and public opinion_
He said on concluding it: "This is a most decided opinion indeed, quite an '_apple  opinion_.'"
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(To the objection that this thesis of indefiniteness is itself an opinion, it may be replied that doxa, ˜opinion™, is regularly used in earlier Greek philosophy, especially in Parmenides and Plato, to refer to those opinions ” misguided opinions, in the view of these authors ” that take on trust a view of the world as conforming more or less to the way it appears in ordinary experience.
The most dignified of the many comments which this feature of the trial elicited was by Senator Fessenden, in the official _opinion_ which accompanied his vote: -- "To the suggestion that popular opinion demands the conviction of the President on these charges, I reply that he is not now on trial before the people, but before the Senate.
II. i.196 (34,3) Quite from the main opinion he held once] _Main opinion_, is nothing more than _leading, fixed, predominant opinion_.
Election should be by secret ballot; a cabinet recommended a two-thirds certain opinion of those benefaction when a opinion is taken.
The best part about the Quirin opinion is that the petitioners sought habeas review before conviction.
Turning to the writing, I have been pleased by the regard my colleagues have for the label opinion of the court.