belief /bɪˈliːf/


I. noun

1. an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof

his belief in extraterrestrial life
[with clause]
a belief that climate can be modified beneficially.
2. something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion

we’re prepared to fight for our beliefs
[ mass noun]
contrary to popular belief existing safety regulations were adequate.
3. a religious conviction

Christian beliefs
[ mass noun]
the medieval system of fervent religious belief.
4. ( belief in) trust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something)

a belief in democratic politics.
II. phrases

1. be of the belief that
hold the opinion that; think

I am firmly of the belief that we need to improve our product.
2. beyond belief
astonishingly great, good, or bad; incredible

riches beyond belief.
3. in the belief that
thinking or believing that

he took the property in the belief that he had consent.
4. to the best of my belief
in my genuine opinion; as far as I know.

to the best of my belief Francis never made a will.
– origin Middle English: alteration of Old English gelēafa; compare with believe.

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