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A statement universally accepted as true; maxim
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  1. A statement universally accepted as true; maxim
  2. (Logic, Math.) A statement or proposition that needs no proof because its truth is obvious, or one that is accepted as true without proof
  3. (Philosophy) A seemingly self-evident or necessary truth which is based on assumption; a principle or proposition which cannot actually be proved or disproved.
Dependence; trust; confidence in the support of someone or something. Dependence; trust; confidence in the support of someone or something.
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  1. Dependence; trust; confidence in the support of someone or something. Dependence; trust; confidence in the support of someone or something.
  2. Anything on which to rely; ground of trust.
  3. Trust, dependence, or confidence
A way of showing or seeing something, as from a particular position or angle:
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  1. A way of showing or seeing something, as from a particular position or angle:
  2. An examination using the eyes; a look:
  3. An individual and personal perception, judgment, or interpretation; an opinion:
Belief or trust; confidence; faith
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  1. Belief or trust; confidence; faith
  2. Influence based on the good opinion or confidence of others:
  3. A reputation for sound character or quality; standing:
A small table or shelf for holding the bread, wine, and vessels of the Eucharist when they are not in use at the altar.
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  1. A small table or shelf for holding the bread, wine, and vessels of the Eucharist when they are not in use at the altar.
  2. Belief, esp. in the reports or testimony of another
  3. Acceptance as true or valid; belief:
An agreeing to terms or proposals by which a bargain is concluded and the parties are bound; the reception or taking of a thing bought as that for which it was bought, or as that agreed to be delivered, or the taking possession as owner.
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  1. An agreeing to terms or proposals by which a bargain is concluded and the parties are bound; the reception or taking of a thing bought as that for which it was bought, or as that agreed to be delivered, or the taking possession as owner.
  2. The act of voluntarily agreeing, expressly or by implication, to the terms of an offer, thereby creating a contract. However, if the act modifies or adds to the terms of the offer, it is not an acceptance, but a counteroffer. See also offer. The act of voluntarily agreeing, expressly or by implication, to the terms of an offer, thereby creating a contract. However, if the act modifies or adds to the terms of the offer, it is not an acceptance, but a counteroffer. See also offer. To accept delivery of property or to otherwise agree, expressly or by implication, to become its owner, either in exchange for the performance of a contractual obligation or the completion of an inter vivos gift. See also contract and gift. The receipt of a check or other negotiable instrument by a bank or another drawee.
  3. The act of accepting; a receiving of something offered, with approbation, satisfaction, or acquiescence; especially, favorable reception; approval
Reliance on something in the future; hope:
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  1. Reliance on something in the future; hope:
  2. An industrial or business combination, now illegal in the U.S., in which management and control of the member corporations are vested in a single board of trustees, who are thus able to control a market, absorb or eliminate competition, fix prices, etc.
  3. Firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or reliance:
A frank admission or acknowledgment.
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  1. A frank admission or acknowledgment.
  2. An open declaration of affirmation or admission of knowledge.
The state of being found or proved guilty:
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  1. The state of being found or proved guilty:
  2. The state or appearance of being convinced:
  3. The act or process by which a judge or jury finds someone guilty of an offense. See also judgment.
Belief in the certainty of something:
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  1. Belief in the certainty of something:
  2. The fact of being or feeling certain; assurance
  3. Trust or faith in a person or thing:
An avowal of faith or belief.
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  1. An avowal of faith or belief.
  2. A professing, or declaring; avowal, whether true or pretended
  3. The act or ceremony of taking vows on formally entering a religious order
An evaluation, impression, or estimation of the quality or worth of a person or thing
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  1. An evaluation, impression, or estimation of the quality or worth of a person or thing
  2. The court’s statement of its decision, usually written by a single judge, citing the facts, points of law, rationale, and decision or verdict. See also decision, judgment and verdict. The court’s statement of its decision, usually written by a single judge, citing the facts, points of law, rationale, and decision or verdict. See also decision, judgment and verdict.
  3. A belief not based on absolute certainty or positive knowledge but on what seems true, valid, or probable to one's own mind; judgment
A desire; inclination; whim
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  1. A desire; inclination; whim
  2. A vague thought
  3. A mental image; general idea
A person's particular religion
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  1. A person's particular religion
  2. A party, faction, or group holding to a particular set of ideas or beliefs.
  3. (Informal) Kind, sort, sex, etc.
The manner in which a person or thing is placed or posed, or the manner in which parts are arranged [a dog in a sitting position]; specif., any of various customary postures assumed by an individual [the lotus position] or a couple [the missionary position]
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  1. The manner in which a person or thing is placed or posed, or the manner in which parts are arranged [a dog in a sitting position]; specif., any of various customary postures assumed by an individual [the lotus position] or a couple [the missionary position]
  2. The way in which something is placed:
  3. A point of view or attitude on a certain question:
  1. (Countable) Opinion, judgement or outlook.
  2. The power or ability to think, learn, judge, etc.; intelligence; sense
  3. (Countable) Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
A set of religious doctrines; a body of dogma:
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  1. A set of religious doctrines; a body of dogma:
  2. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance:
  3. Confident or unquestioning belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
Acquiescence; consent:
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  1. Acquiescence; consent:
  2. Agreement; concurrence:
  3. Agreement, act of agreeing
An inclination or a habit.
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  1. An inclination or a habit.
  2. A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations.
  1. Reflection; thought; posit.
  2. Thought, imagination, or conjecture, which may be based upon feeble or scanty evidence; suspicion; guess.
  3. An idea or opinion formed from evidence that is neither positive nor conclusive; conjecture; guess
The state or feeling of having no confidence or certainty about something; distrust:
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  1. The state or feeling of having no confidence or certainty about something; distrust:
  2. The act or an instance of suspecting something on little or no evidence:
  3. The feeling or state of mind of a person who suspects
A hypothetical proposition, especially one put forth without proof.
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  1. A hypothetical proposition, especially one put forth without proof.
  2. A formal and lengthy research paper, esp. a work of original research written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree
  3. A dissertation advancing an original point of view as a result of research, especially as a requirement for an academic degree.
An awareness of factual information. Includes actual knowledge (positive or definite), personal knowledge (based on one’s own observation), and constructive knowledge (based on other circumstances). An awareness of factual information. Includes actual knowledge (positive or definite), personal knowledge (based on one’s own observation), and constructive knowledge (based on other circumstances).
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  1. An awareness of factual information. Includes actual knowledge (positive or definite), personal knowledge (based on one’s own observation), and constructive knowledge (based on other circumstances). An awareness of factual information. Includes actual knowledge (positive or definite), personal knowledge (based on one’s own observation), and constructive knowledge (based on other circumstances).
  2. The state or fact of knowing:
  3. The body of facts, principles, etc. acquired through human experience and thought
The sense of touch:
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  1. The sense of touch:
  2. The emotions thought to be conveyed or intended by a work of art:
  3. Appreciative regard or understanding:
A thought, view, or attitude, especially one based mainly on emotion instead of reason:
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  1. A thought, view, or attitude, especially one based mainly on emotion instead of reason:
  2. The thought or meaning behind something said, done, or given, as distinct from the literal statement, act, etc.
  3. A thought, opinion, judgment, or attitude, usually the result of careful consideration, but often colored with emotion
(Law) The findings of a court as to the existence of an alleged fact or the application of a particular law
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  1. (Law) The findings of a court as to the existence of an alleged fact or the application of a particular law
  2. The last step in a reasoning process; judgment, decision, or opinion formed after investigation or thought
  3. The result or outcome of an act or process:
(Law) The inference that a fact exists, based on the proved existence of other facts
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  1. (Law) The inference that a fact exists, based on the proved existence of other facts
  2. (Law) A conclusion applied by law as to the correctness of some fact, ordinarily subject to rebuttal by contrary evidence.
  3. A legal assumption that something is a fact based upon another proven fact or set thereof. The presumption is given sufficient weight, once established, that an even greater amount of evidence to the contrary would be needed in order to contravene it. It has the effect of shifting the burden of proof or that of producing evidence to the opposing party. See inference. A legal assumption that something is a fact based upon another proven fact or set thereof. The presumption is given sufficient weight, once established, that an even greater amount of evidence to the contrary would be needed in order to contravene it. It has the effect of shifting the burden of proof or that of producing evidence to the opposing party. See inference.
Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation; an assumption.
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  1. Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation; an assumption.
  2. An unproved theory, proposition, supposition, etc. tentatively accepted to explain certain facts or (working hypothesis) to provide a basis for further investigation, argument, etc.
  3. A statement that explains or makes generalizations about a set of facts or principles, usually forming a basis for possible experiments to confirm its viability.
The action of one who thinks or the result of such action; thought
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  1. The action of one who thinks or the result of such action; thought
  2. Gerund of think.
  3. A way of reasoning; judgment:
A person or thing on which one may base some hope
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  1. A person or thing on which one may base some hope
  2. (Christianity) The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God's help.
  3. A reason for hope
Something known or learned in this way
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  1. Something known or learned in this way
  2. The direct knowing or learning of something without the conscious use of reasoning; immediate understanding
A statement or indication that inspires confidence; a guarantee or pledge:
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  1. A statement or indication that inspires confidence; a guarantee or pledge:
  2. Something said or done to inspire confidence, as a promise, positive statement, etc.; guarantee
  3. Freedom from doubt; certainty about something:
Prospects, especially of success or gain.
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  1. Prospects, especially of success or gain.
  2. A reason or warrant for looking forward to something; prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity
  3. Something expected:
Something for which such an amount may be deducted from taxable income
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  1. Something for which such an amount may be deducted from taxable income
  2. A conclusion reached by this process.
  3. (Logic) The process of reasoning in which a conclusion follows necessarily from the stated premises; inference by reasoning from the general to the specific.
A legal decision; order, decree, or sentence given by a judge or law court
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  1. A legal decision; order, decree, or sentence given by a judge or law court
  2. An opinion or estimate formed after consideration or deliberation, especially a formal or authoritative decision:
  3. The ability to come to opinions about things; power of comparing and deciding; understanding; good sense
The quality of being established as true:
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  1. The quality of being established as true:
  2. The fact, quality, or state of being certain, especially:
  3. Confidence; assurance:
The human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested especially in thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, and imagination.
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  1. The human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested especially in thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, and imagination.
  2. Focus of thought; attention:
  3. The thought processes characteristic of a person or group; psychological makeup:
(Dentistry) An imprint of the teeth and surrounding tissues, formed with a plastic material that hardens into a mold for use in making dentures, inlays, or plastic models.
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  1. (Dentistry) An imprint of the teeth and surrounding tissues, formed with a plastic material that hardens into a mold for use in making dentures, inlays, or plastic models.
  2. An effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience:
  3. An effect produced, as on the mind or senses, by some force or influence
The act of taking for or on oneself, especially accepting, or agreeing to take the responsibility for, the obligation of another.
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  1. The act of taking for or on oneself, especially accepting, or agreeing to take the responsibility for, the obligation of another.
  2. The act of taking for granted:
  3. Something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof; a supposition:
An inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess
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  1. An inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess
  2. An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork:
  3. Opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
(Logic) Something self-evident that can be assumed as the basis of an argument
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  1. (Logic) Something self-evident that can be assumed as the basis of an argument
(Math., Physics) A proposition embodying something to be proved
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  1. (Math., Physics) A proposition embodying something to be proved
  2. A mathematical statement whose truth can be proved on the basis of a given set of axioms or assumptions.
  3. An idea that has been demonstrated as true or is assumed to be so demonstrable.
An inspired guess or presentiment.
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  1. An inspired guess or presentiment.
  2. A successful guess or intuitive perception
  3. The act or practice of trying to foretell the future or explore the unknown by occult means
The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.
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  1. The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.
  2. Something imagined or invented by the mind:
  3. An arbitrary idea; notion; caprice; whim
The act of supposing.
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  1. The act of supposing.
  2. Something supposed; assumption; hypothesis
Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread.
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  1. Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread.
  2. The ability to apprehend or understand; understanding.
  3. An anxious feeling of foreboding; dread
Abstract reasoning; speculation:
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  1. Abstract reasoning; speculation:
  2. The branch of a science or art consisting of its explanatory statements, accepted principles, and methods of analysis, as opposed to practice:
  3. A speculative idea or plan as to how something might be done
A way of showing or seeing something, as from a particular position or angle:
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  1. A way of showing or seeing something, as from a particular position or angle:
  2. That which is worked toward or sought; object; aim; goal
  3. A jury’s trip to a crime scene or other location thought necessary to see the physical particulars of the case before it that might not be capable of being observed in the courtroom.
The mental position from which things are viewed and judged; point of view
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  1. The mental position from which things are viewed and judged; point of view
An act or instance of guessing.
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  1. An act or instance of guessing.
  2. A judgment or estimate formed by guessing; conjecture; surmise
  3. A prediction about the outcome of something, typically made without factual evidence or support.
The ability to form or understand mental concepts and abstractions:
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  1. The ability to form or understand mental concepts and abstractions:
  2. Something conceived in the mind or believed by a group of people; a concept, thought, or belief:
  3. The beginning or formation of an idea or plan:
Anything on which to rely; ground of trust.
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  1. Anything on which to rely; ground of trust.
  2. Trust, dependence, or confidence
  3. The faith, confidence, or trust felt by one who relies:
The condition of being dependent on a substance such as a drug or on a given behavior:
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  1. The condition of being dependent on a substance such as a drug or on a given behavior:
  2. A being contingent upon or influenced, controlled, or determined by something else
  3. The condition or fact of being dependent
In the philosophy of Hegel, absolute truth; the complete and ultimate product of reason.
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  1. In the philosophy of Hegel, absolute truth; the complete and ultimate product of reason.
  2. (Philos.) According to Plato, any of the unchanging, eternal, intelligible models or archetypes of which all material things are only imperfect imitations and from which their existence derives: in modern philosophy, used variously to mean the immediate object of thought, absolute truth, etc.
  3. A sense that something can happen; a notion or expectation:
(Countable) That which is inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction.
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  1. (Countable) That which is inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction.
  2. The act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true.
  3. The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.
A system of belief, principles, or opinions:
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  1. A system of belief, principles, or opinions:
  2. A specific statement of this kind, accepted by a church
  3. A brief statement of religious belief; confession of faith
The Nicene Creed, especially as the third item of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass.
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  1. The Nicene Creed, especially as the third item of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass.
  2. The Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed, both of which (in Latin) begin with credo
  3. A creed.
A doctrine, principle, or position held as part of a philosophy, religion, or field of endeavor.
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  1. A doctrine, principle, or position held as part of a philosophy, religion, or field of endeavor.
  2. A principle, doctrine, or belief held as a truth, as by some group
Doctrines, tenets, or beliefs, collectively
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  1. Doctrines, tenets, or beliefs, collectively
  2. A doctrine; tenet; belief
  3. A doctrine or a corpus of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a religion.
Trust or faith in a person or thing:
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  1. Trust or faith in a person or thing:
  2. (Bible) Object of trust: Prov. 3:26
  3. Firm belief; trust; reliance
A being contingent upon or influenced, controlled, or determined by something else
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  1. A being contingent upon or influenced, controlled, or determined by something else
  2. The condition or fact of being dependent
  3. Reliance; trust
Complete trust, confidence, or reliance
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  1. Complete trust, confidence, or reliance
  2. A set of religious doctrines; a body of dogma:
  3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance:
Reliance on something in the future; hope:
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  1. Reliance on something in the future; hope:
  2. The confidence reposed in a trustee
  3. Firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or reliance:
Belief, esp. in the reports or testimony of another
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  1. Belief, esp. in the reports or testimony of another
  2. Acceptance as true or valid; belief:
  3. A small table or shelf for holding the bread, wine, and vessels of the Eucharist when they are not in use at the altar.
A credit line.
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  1. A credit line.
  2. An arrangement for deferred payment of a loan or purchase:
  3. A source of honor or distinction:
Unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence
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  1. Unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence
  2. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance:
  3. A set of religious doctrines; a body of dogma:
(Law) The judgment of a jury or judge that a person is guilty of a crime as charged.
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  1. (Law) The judgment of a jury or judge that a person is guilty of a crime as charged.
  2. The state or appearance of being convinced:
  3. The act or process by which a judge or jury finds someone guilty of an offense. See also judgment.
The emotions thought to be conveyed or intended by a work of art:
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  1. The emotions thought to be conveyed or intended by a work of art:
  2. The sense of touch:
  3. Appreciative regard or understanding:
(Philos.) According to Plato, any of the unchanging, eternal, intelligible models or archetypes of which all material things are only imperfect imitations and from which their existence derives: in modern philosophy, used variously to mean the immediate object of thought, absolute truth, etc.
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  1. (Philos.) According to Plato, any of the unchanging, eternal, intelligible models or archetypes of which all material things are only imperfect imitations and from which their existence derives: in modern philosophy, used variously to mean the immediate object of thought, absolute truth, etc.
  2. A plan, purpose, or goal:
  3. A sense that something can happen; a notion or expectation:
The part or faculty of a person by which one feels, perceives, thinks, remembers, desires, and imagines:
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  1. The part or faculty of a person by which one feels, perceives, thinks, remembers, desires, and imagines:
  2. Focus of thought; attention:
  3. The thought processes characteristic of a person or group; psychological makeup:
A mental image; an idea or conception:
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  1. A mental image; an idea or conception:
  2. A belief; opinion; view
  3. A mental image; general idea
The court’s statement of its decision, usually written by a single judge, citing the facts, points of law, rationale, and decision or verdict. See also decision, judgment and verdict. The court’s statement of its decision, usually written by a single judge, citing the facts, points of law, rationale, and decision or verdict. See also decision, judgment and verdict.
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  1. The court’s statement of its decision, usually written by a single judge, citing the facts, points of law, rationale, and decision or verdict. See also decision, judgment and verdict. The court’s statement of its decision, usually written by a single judge, citing the facts, points of law, rationale, and decision or verdict. See also decision, judgment and verdict.
  2. An evaluation, impression, or estimation of the quality or worth of a person or thing
  3. A belief not based on absolute certainty or positive knowledge but on what seems true, valid, or probable to one's own mind; judgment
The ability or power to persuade:
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  1. The ability or power to persuade:
  2. A party, faction, or group holding to a particular set of ideas or beliefs.
  3. (Informal) Kind, sort, sex, etc.
The manner in which a person or thing is placed or posed, or the manner in which parts are arranged [a dog in a sitting position]; specif., any of various customary postures assumed by an individual [the lotus position] or a couple [the missionary position]
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  1. The manner in which a person or thing is placed or posed, or the manner in which parts are arranged [a dog in a sitting position]; specif., any of various customary postures assumed by an individual [the lotus position] or a couple [the missionary position]
  2. The way in which something is placed:
  3. A point of view or attitude on a certain question:
The thought or meaning behind something said, done, or given, as distinct from the literal statement, act, etc.
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  1. The thought or meaning behind something said, done, or given, as distinct from the literal statement, act, etc.
  2. A thought, view, or attitude, especially one based mainly on emotion instead of reason:
  3. A thought, opinion, judgment, or attitude, usually the result of careful consideration, but often colored with emotion

Synonym Study

  • Credence suggests mere mental acceptance of something that may have no solid basis in fact See also syn. study at opinion.
  • Confidence also suggests such assurance, esp. when based on reason or evidence
  • Trust implies assurance, often apparently intuitive, in the reliability of someone or something
  • Faith implies complete, unquestioning acceptance of something, esp. something not supported by reason, even in the absence of proof
  • Belief , the term of broadest application in this comparison, implies mental acceptance of something as true, even though absolute certainty may be absent
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