Definition & Etymology of Opinion

For all purposes of this blog, we can assume that the word opinion is defined as:

A belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

The word that we use today comes directly from the Old French word opinion (spelled the same, pronounced differently) c.1300. In Old French, the word’s meaning was similar:

View or judgments founded upon probabilities.

Before Old French, the word can be traced back to the Latin opinionem,meaning:

Conjecture, fancy, belief, what one thinks; appreciation, esteem

(Old French, not old French people…thanks Google images)

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