What is opinion?

  • (noun): The legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision.
    Synonyms: legal opinion, judgment, judgement
    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
... Are they revealed The Arguments Distortions The Admission of Christian Scholars The Opinion of Encyclopaedia Britannica Watson’s Admission Beausobre and Lenfant’s opinion The Views of ...
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 ...
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 ... to the 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 to instances where the ...
Graat V. The Queen
... 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 statement of fact" ...
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 ...

More definitions of "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
  • (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

Famous quotes containing the word opinion:

    American public opinion is like an ocean—it cannot be stirred by a teaspoon.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911–1978)

    Had Dr. Johnson written his own life, in conformity with the opinion which he has given, that every man’s life may be best written by himself; had he employed in the preservation of his own history, that clearness of narration and elegance of language in which he has embalmed so many eminent persons, the world would probably have had the most perfect example of biography that was ever exhibited.
    James Boswell (1740–95)

    Government by average opinion is merely a circuitous method of going to the devil; those who profess to lead but in fact slavishly follow this average opinion are simply the fastest runners and the loudest squeakers of the herd which is rushing blindly down to its destruction.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)