Legal Definition and Related Resources of Opinion

Meaning of Opinion

A conclusion or belief held with confidence , after analysis of the facts and the law relating to a matter. Frequently the term is synonymous with judgment .

Opinion Alternative Definition

In Evidence. An inference or conclusion stated by a witness, as distinguished from a statement of matters of fact. In Practice. The statement of reasons delivered by a judge or court for giving the judgment which is pronounced upon a case. The judgment itself is sometimes called an opinion, and sometimes the opinion is spoken of as the judgment of the court. A declaration, usually in writing, made by a counsel to his client of what the law is, according to his judgment, on a statement of facts submitted to him. An opinion is in both the above cases a decision of what principles of law are to be applied in the particular case, with the difference that judicial opinions pronounced by the court are law and of authority, while the opinions of counsel, however eminent, are merely advice to his client or argument to the court.

Synonyms of Opinion

(Belief), noun

  • assumption
  • attitude
  • conclusion
  • conjecture
  • consideration
  • conviction
  • determination
  • estimate
  • estimation
  • evaluation
  • fancy
  • feeling
  • guess
  • hypothesis
  • idea
  • impression
  • indicium
  • judgment
  • notion
  • outlook
  • perspective
  • persuasion
  • point of view
  • position
  • posture
  • preconception
  • presumption
  • presupposition
  • reaction
  • reflection
  • sentiment
  • speculation
  • stance
  • stand
  • supposition
  • surmise
  • suspicion
  • theory
  • thesis
  • thinking
  • thought
  • view
  • viewpoint foreign phrases: Incivile est
  • nisi tota lege perspecta
  • una aliqua partícula ejus proposita
  • judicare
  • vel respondere
  • Unless the entire law has been examined
  • it is improper to pass judgement upon a portion of it
  • Incivile est
  • nisi tota sententia inspecta
  • de aliqua parte judicare
  • It is improper to pass an opinion on any part without examining the entire sentence
  • Nullius hominis auctoritas apud nos valere debet
  • ut meliora non sequeremur si quis attulerit
  • No man’s influence ought to prevail upon us
  • that we should not follow better opinions
  • should any one present them
  • Opinio est duplex
  • scilicet
  • opinio vulgaris
  • orta inter graves et discretos
  • et quae vultum veritatis habet; et opinio tantum orta inter leves et vulgares homines absque specie veritatis
  • Opinion is of two fold
  • namely
  • common opinion
  • which springs up among grave and discreet persons
  • and which has the appearance of truth
  • and opinion which arises among foolish and ordinary men
  • Opinio quae favet testamento est tenenda

(Judicial decision), noun

  • ascertainment
  • assessment
  • authoritative statement
  • conclusion
  • conclusion of the matter
  • consideration
  • decision
  • declaration
  • decree
  • decreementdetermination
  • final judgment
  • finding
  • formal statement
  • judgment
  • judgment on facts
  • order
  • position pronouncement
  • report
  • resolution
  • rule
  • ruling
  • sentence
  • sententia
  • settlement by authoritative decision
  • solution
  • Associated Concepts: advisory opinion
  • concurring opinion
  • dissenting opinion
  • expert opinion
  • judicial opinion
  • legal opinion
  • majority opinion
  • memorandum opinion
  • minority opinion
  • opinion evidence opinion of the court
  • per curiam opinion
  • professional opinion
  • written opinionforeign phrases: Ubi non est directa lex
  • standum est arbitriojudicis
  • velprocedendumadsimilia
  • ‘Where there is no direct law
  • the decision of the judge is to be taken
  • or references to be made to similar cases
  • Judices non tenentur exprimere causam sententiae suae
  • Judges are not bound to explain the reason for their sentences

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Translate Public Opinion from English to Spanish

Translation of Public Opinion, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Opinión pública and other legal terms is available here.

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Translation of Opinion , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Dictamen and other legal terms is available here.


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Opinion in the One-L Dictionary

The reasons given for a court’s judgment, finding or conclusion. When a professor says “What is the opinion of the court?” she is referring to this majority opinion. A concurring opinion is by a judge who agrees with the ruling but has a different reasoning from the majority. Dissenting opinions are by judges who disagree with the ruling itself. Opinions may or may not be published.

Note: This Opinion definition in the One-L Dictionary for new law students is from Harvard Law School (HLS).

Opinion in other One-L Dictionary

The written explanation of a court’s decision that usually includes a statement of the facts, procedural history, holding, and resulting decision. Only a fraction of opinions are published; only those designated for publication are collected into Reporter volumes Varying types of opinions are written in addition to the majority opinion. They are: (1) Dissenting Opinion – an opinion by one or more of the disagrees with a decision reached by the majority.
(2) Per Curiam Opinion – an opinion handed down by an ape without identifying the judge who authored the opinion.
(3) Concurring Opinion an opinion that agrees with the judgment (usually as expressed in an opinion by another judge) but often through a different line of reasoning.
(4) Plurality Opinion an opinion lacking enough judges’ votes to constitute a majority, but receiving more votes than any other opinion.

Opinion from the Washington and Lee University School of Law Dictionary.

English Spanish Translation of Opinion


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Opinion Meaning in the U.S. Court System

A judge’s written explanation of the decision of the court. Because a case may be heard by three or more judges in the court of appeals, the opinion in appellate decisions can take several forms. If all the judges completely agree on the result, one judge will write the opinion for all. If all the judges do not agree, the formal decision will be based upon the view of the majority, and one member of the majority will write the opinion. The judges who did not agree with the majority may write separately in dissenting or concurring opinions to present their views. A dissenting opinion disagrees with the majority opinion because of the reasoning and/or the principles of law the majority used to decide the case. A concurring opinion agrees with the decision of the majority opinion, but offers further comment or clarification or even an entirely different reason for reaching the same result. Only the majority opinion can serve as binding precedent in future cases. See also “precedent.”

Meaning of Opinion in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Opinion published by the National Association for Court Management: A judge’s written explanation of a decision of the court or of a majority of judges. A dissenting opinion disagrees with the majority opinion because of the reasoning and/or the principles of law on which the decision is based. A concurring opinion agrees with the decision of the court but offers further comment. A per curiam opinion is an unsigned opinion “of the court.”


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Opinion

(You may find opinion at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

c. 1300, from Old French opinion “opinion, view, judgements founded upon probabilities” (12c.), from Latin opinionem (nominative opinio) “opinion, conjecture, fancy, belief, what one thinks; appreciation, esteem,” from stem of opinari “think, judge, suppose, opine,” from PIE *op- (2) “to choose” (see option). Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. [Milton, “Areopagitica”]

Meaning of Opinion in Spanish

Description/ translation of opinion into Spanish: razonamiento que hace el juez o tribunal para fundamentar la sentencia; conjunto de resultandos y considerandos que motivan una sentencia; (in the law of the United States/ en el derecho de los Estados Unidos) sentencia (del Tribunal Supremo)[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where opinion belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Opinion published by Antonio Peñaranda


Legal English Vocabulary: Opinion in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term opinion into Spanish: opinión (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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Opinion in Global Commerce Policy

In this regard, opinion is: one of the ways in which the European Community institutions are able to influence the actions of member states. The entries on trade policy are here. An opinion is not binding, but it expresses a preference for a certain type of action. See also European Community legislation.[1]

Opinionin the wold Encyclopedia

For an introductory overview on international trade policy, see this entry.


Notes and References

  1. Dictionary of Trade Policy, “Opinion” entry (OAS)

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  • Social Movement
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  • Socialism

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