Definitions of belief

  1. any cognitive content held as true Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Assent to a proposition or affirmation, or the acceptance of a fact, opinion, or assertion as real or true, without immediate personal knowledge; reliance upon word or testimony; partial or full assurance without positive knowledge or absolute certainty; persuasion; conviction; confidence; as, belief of a witness; the belief of our senses. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The thing believed; the object of belief. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A collective expression for all behavior patterns acquired and socially transmitted through symbols. Culture includes customs, traditions, and language. Medical Dictionary DB
  8. A state or habit of mind in which one accepts as true something stated, without personal knowledge; trust; the religious doctrines considered true by any body of people; creed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Persuasion of the truth of anything: faith: the opinion or doctrine believed. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Persuasion of the truth; that which is believed; faith. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Acceptance of something as true; trust; conviction; assurance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. That which is believed; theory; opinion; creed. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A persuasion of the truth of anything; faith or persuasion in regard to religious truth; the thing believed; creed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Trust in a thing as true; credit; persuasion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. A conviction of the truth of a proposition, existing subjectively in the mind, and induced by argument, persuasion, or proof addressed to the judgment Keller v. State, 102 Ga. 506, 31 S. E. 92. Belief is to be distinguished from "proof," "evidence," and "testimony." See EVIDENCE. With regard to things which make not a very deep impression on the memory, it may be called "belief." "Knowledge" is nothing more than a man's firm belief. The difference is ordinarily merely in the degree ; to be judged of by the court, when addressed to the court; by the jury, when addressed to the jury. Hatch v. Carpenter, 9 Gray (Mass.) 274. The distinction between the two mental conditions seems to be that knowledge is an assurance of a fact or proposition founded on perception by the senses, or intuition; while belief is an assurance gained by evidence, and from other persons. Abbott thelawdictionary.org
  16. The conviction of the mind, arising from evidence received, or from information derived, not from actual perception by our senses, but from. the relation or information of others who have had the means of acquiring actual knowledge of the facts and in whose qualifications for acquiring that knowledge, and retaining it, and afterwards in communicating it, we can place confidence. " Without recurring to the books of metaphysicians' "says Chief Justice Tilghman, 4 Serg. & Rawle, 137, "let any man of plain common sense, examine the operations of, his own mind, he will assuredly find that on different subjects his belief is different. I have a firm belief that, the moon revolves round the earth. I may believe, too, that there are mountains and valleys in the moon; but this belief is not so strong, because the evidence is weaker." Vide 1 Stark. Ev. 41; 2 Pow. Mortg. 555; 1 Ves. 95; 12 Ves. 80; 1 P. A. Browne's R 258; 1 Stark. Ev. 127; Dyer, 53; 2 Hawk. c. 46, s. 167; 3 Wil. 1, s. 427; 2 Bl. R. 881; Leach, 270; 8 Watts, R. 406; 1 Greenl. Ev. §7-13, a. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  17. Trust or confidence (in); acceptance of the Christian theology; acceptance as true or existing (of any fact, statement, &c.; in, or of, with nn., that with clause); thing believed, religion, opinion, intuition; The B., Apostles\' Creed. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. An assent of mind to the truth;—the thing believed; a tenet, or body of tenets;—a creed;—confidence; reliance. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. Credit given to something which we know not of ourselves; the theological virtue of faith, or firm confidence of the truths of religion; religion, the body of tenets held; persuasion, opinion; the thing believed; creed, a form containing the articles of faith. Complete Dictionary

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