opinion

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • noun a piece of expert advice

Law

  • noun a judgment delivered by a court, especially the House of Lords
  • noun an opinion of the European Community which is not legally binding

Medical

  • noun what a person thinks about something

Politics

  • noun a belief or set of beliefs held by people about an issue

Origin & History of “opinion”

Opinion comes via Old French from Latin opīniō, a derivative of opīnārī ‘think’. It is not certain where this came from, although some have linked it with Latin optāre ‘choose’, source of English adopt (16th c.), co-opt (17th c.), opt (19th c.), and option (17th c.).
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