A belief that a person has formed about a topic or issue.
- I would like to know your opinions on the new systems.
- In my opinion , white chocolate is better than milk chocolate.
- Every man is a fool in some man's opinion .
The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.
* 1606 , , I. vii. 32:
- Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. -
- I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people.
(obsolete) Favorable estimation; hence, consideration; reputation; fame; public sentiment or esteem.
* 1597 , , V. iv. 47:
- Friendship gives a man a peculiar right and claim to the good opinion of his friend.
- Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion .
(obsolete) Obstinacy in holding to one's belief or impression; opiniativeness; conceitedness.
* 1590 , , V. i. 5:
- This gained Agricola much opinion , who enterprises.
The formal decision, or expression of views, of a judge, an umpire, a doctor, or other party officially called upon to consider and decide upon a matter or point submitted.
(European Union law) a judicial opinion delivered by an Advocate General to the European Court of Justice where he or she proposes a legal solution to the cases for which the court is responsible
- Your reasons at / dinner have been sharp and sententious, pleasant / without scurrility, witty without affection, audacious / without impudency, learned without opinion , and / strange without heresy.
* advisory opinion
* be of the opinion
* in my humble opinion/IMHO
* in my opinion
* in one's opinion
* opinion poll
* public opinion
* scientific opinion
* second opinion
(archaic) To have or express as an opinion.
* 1658', But if (as some '''opinion ) King ''Ahasuerus'' were ''Artaxerxes Mnemon'' [...], our magnified ''Cyrus'' was his second Brother — Sir Thomas Browne, ''The Graden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 166)
(legal) Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.
* 1596 , Francis Bacon, Maxims of the Law , II:
Positive in opinion or judgment; absolutely certain, overconfident, unwilling to hear any debate or argument (especially in a pejorative sense); dogmatic.
* 2003 , Andrew Marr, The Guardian , 6 Jan 03:
- there is no reason but if any of the outlawries be indeed without error, but it should be a peremptory plea to the person in a writ of error, as well as in any other action.
(obsolete) Firmly determined, resolute; obstinate, stubborn.
Accepting no refusal or disagreement; imperious, dictatorial.
- He marched under a placard reading "End Bossiness Now" but decided it was a little too peremptory , not quite British, so changed the slogan on subsequent badges, to "End Bossiness Soon."
* 1999 , Anthony Howard, The Guardian , 2 Jan 99:
- less surprising than that he had been depressed by a book. Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart.
- Though today (surveying that yellowing document) I shudder at the peremptory tone of the instructions I gave, Alastair - in that same volume in which I get chastised for my coverage of the Macmillan rally - was generous enough to remark that my memorandum became 'an office classic'.