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An Opinion is a judgement about a subjective matter.



  • (Wikipedia, 2014) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/opinion Retrieved:2014-7-7.
    • In general, an 'opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about matters commonly considered to be subjective, i.e. based on that which is less than absolutely certain, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are verifiable, i.e. can be objectively proven to have occurred. An example is: "America was involved in the Vietnam War" versus "America was right to get involved in the Vietnam War". An opinion may be supported by facts, in which case it becomes 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 analyzing 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.

      Collective or professional opinions are defined as meeting a higher standard to substantiate the opinion. (see below)


(n) opinion, sentiment, persuasion, view, thought (a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty) "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"

(n) opinion, view (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) "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"

(n) public opinion, popular opinion, opinion, vox populi (a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people) "he asked for a poll of public opinion"

(n) opinion, legal opinion, judgment, judgement (the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision) "opinions are usually written by a single judge"

(n) opinion, ruling (the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself))

(n) impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion (a vague idea in which some confidence is placed) "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"