Word of the Day: Opinion
o-pin-ion / ə-pĭn-yən
1. a belief stronger than an impression but not substantiated with proof
The person who has no opinion will seldom be wrong.
2. the current, widespread or prevailing point of view
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
3. the judgement given by an expert
If you have a doctor who would be offended by a second opinion, he or she is probably not the right doctor for you.
Dr. Gregory Abel, ? –
4. a judgement as to the worth of someone or something
None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.
From “The Salt Cellars” by Charles Spurgeon, 1834 – 1892
5. the formal statement of a court explaining how it arrived at its decision
Reading a U.S. Supreme Court opinion can be intimidating. The average opinion includes 4,751 words, and is one of approximately 75 issued each year.
“How to Read a U.S. Supreme Court Opinion”, American Bar Association, www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/publications/teaching-legal-docs/how-to-read-a-u-s–supreme-court-opinion, November 27, 2018
6. an attorney’s formal statement that addresses how a law should be applied in a particular instance
An attorney general opinion is a written interpretation of existing law. Attorney general opinions cannot create new provisions in the law or correct unintended, undesirable effects of the law.
“Attorney General Opinions”, www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/attorney-general-opinions