An opinion is a belief or attitude about something that isn’t necessarily based on facts. It’s your opinion that dogs make better pets than cats, but your sister thinks that cats are superior. Too bad your parents’ opinion is that pets are too expensive.

You may have an opinion about a celebrity that I don’t share. There’s no way to prove who’s right and who’s wrong. Those are our thoughts about her, and that’s the way it is. Ironically, when a judge decides a case, his or her ruling is referred to as an opinion. Even though what the judge says will become a matter of law, it’s still just their opinion, based on what was presented by the two sides in a trial.

Definitions of opinion
  1. noun

    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

    opinion differs from yours”
    persuasion, reckoning, sentiment, thought, view
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    a personal view
    judgement, judgment, mind

    an opinion formed by judging something

    opinion or judgment
    parti pris, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession

    an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence

    one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions
    political sympathies, politics

    the opinion you hold with respect to political questions
    conclusion, decision, determination

    a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
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    any cognitive content held as true

  2. noun

    a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people

    “he asked for a poll of public
    popular opinion, public opinion, vox populi
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    any cognitive content held as true

  3. noun

    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    belief, feeling, impression, notion
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    the impression that something is present

    an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)
    first blush

    at the first glimpse or impression
    hunch, intuition, suspicion

    an impression that something might be the case
    sound effect

    an effect that imitates a sound called for in the script of a play
    special effect

    an effect used to produce scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques (especially on film)
    bosom, heart

    the locus of feelings and intuitions
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    idea, thought

    the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

  4. 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

    opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page”
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    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
    conjecture, guess, hypothesis, speculation, supposition, surmisal, surmise

    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

    successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
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    content, message, subject matter, substance

    what a communication that is about something is about

  5. noun

    the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision

    opinions are usually written by a single judge”
    judgement, judgment, legal opinion
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    concurring opinion

    an opinion that agrees with the court’s disposition of the case but is written to express a particular judge’s reasoning
    dissenting opinion

    an opinion that disagrees with the court’s disposition of the case
    majority opinion

    the opinion joined by a majority of the court (generally known simply as `the opinion’)

    (Islam) a legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar
    dictum, obiter dictum

    an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding
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    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

  6. noun

    the reason for a court’s judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)

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    Bakke decision

    a ruling by the Supreme Court on affirmative action; the Court ruled in 1978 that medical schools are entitled to consider race as a factor in their admission policy


    a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority
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    judgement, judgment, judicial decision

    (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it

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