Opinion vs. Fact

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Posted by jkm822 at on August 24, 2001 at 11:26:50:

In Reply to: Re: Wasn't it explained... posted by JediPilly on August 24, 2001 at 11:05:06:

See, that's the wonderful thing about an OPINION. Kevin didn't tell us one way or another what he thought happened to them, he allowed us to come up with our own interpretations. That's mine. You have yours. Fine. Back the fuck off.


o·pin·ion ( -p n y 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).
A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert: a medical opinion.
A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing: has a low opinion of braggarts.
The prevailing view: public opinion.
Law. A formal statement by a court or other adjudicative body of the legal reasons and principles for the conclusions of the court.

opinion \O*pin"ion\, n. [F., from L. opinio. See Opine.] 1. 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.
Opinion is when the assent of the understanding is so far gained by evidence of probability, that it rather inclines to one persussion than to another, yet not without a mixture of incertainty or doubting. --Sir M. Hale.
I can not put off my opinion so easily. --Shak.
2. The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.
I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people. --Shak.
Friendship . . . gives a man a peculiar right and claim to the good opinion of his friend. --South.
However, I have no opinion of those things. --Bacon.
3. Favorable estimation; hence, consideration; reputation; fame; public sentiment or esteem. [Obs.]
Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion. --Shak.
This gained Agricola much opinion, who . . . had made such early progress into laborious . . . enterprises. --Milton.
4. Obstinacy in holding to one's belief or impression; opiniativeness; conceitedness. [Obs.] --Shak

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