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Idea vs. Belief

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Ideanoun

(philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples.

Beliefnoun

Mental acceptance of a claim as true.

‘It's my belief that the thief is somebody known to us.’;

Ideanoun

(obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal.

Beliefnoun

Faith or trust in the reality of something; often based upon one's own reasoning, trust in a claim, desire of actuality, and/or evidence considered.

‘My belief is that there is a bear in the woods. Bill said he saw one.’; ‘Based on this data, it is our belief that X does not occur.’;

Ideanoun

(obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic.

Beliefnoun

(countable) Something believed.

‘The ancient people have a belief in many deities.’;

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Ideanoun

An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory.

‘The mere idea of you is enough to excite me.’;

Beliefnoun

(uncountable) The quality or state of believing.

‘My belief that it will rain tomorrow is strong.’;

Ideanoun

More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking.

Beliefnoun

(uncountable) Religious faith.

‘She often said it was her belief that carried her through the hard times.’;

Ideanoun

A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an intention.

‘I have an idea of how we might escape.’;

Beliefnoun

(in the plural) One's religious or moral convictions.

‘I don't want to do a no-fault divorce on my husband and steal from him under color of law. It's against my beliefs.’;

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Ideanoun

A purposeful aim or goal; intent

‘If you keep sweet-talking her like that, you're going to talk her right out of her pants.’;

Beliefnoun

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.

‘Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest suspicion to the fullest assurance.’;

Ideanoun

A vague or fanciful notion; a feeling or hunch; an impression.

‘He had the wild idea that if he leant forward a little, he might be able to touch the mountain-top.’;

Beliefnoun

A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.

‘No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth.’;

Ideanoun

(music) A musical theme or melodic subject.

Beliefnoun

The thing believed; the object of belief.

‘Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men.’;

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Ideanoun

The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object, that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual.

‘Her sweet idea wandered through his thoughts.’; ‘Being the right idea of your fatherBoth in your form and nobleness of mind.’; ‘This representation or likeness of the object being transmitted from thence [the senses] to the imagination, and lodged there for the view and observation of the pure intellect, is aptly and properly called its idea.’;

Beliefnoun

A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed.

‘In the heat of persecution to which Christian belief was subject upon its first promulgation.’;

Ideanoun

A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.

‘Alice had not the slightest idea what latitude was.’;

Beliefnoun

any cognitive content held as true

Ideanoun

Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of, by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real object that is conceived or thought of.

‘Whatsoever the mind perceives in itself, or as the immediate object of perception, thought, or undersanding, that I call idea.’;

Beliefnoun

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’;

Ideanoun

A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.

‘That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.’; ‘What is now "idea" for us? How infinite the fall of this word, since the time where Milton sang of the Creator contemplating his newly-created world, -"how it showed . . . Answering his great idea," -to its present use, when this person "has an idea that the train has started," and the other "had no idea that the dinner would be so bad!"’;

Belief

A belief is an attitude that something is the case, or that some proposition about the world is true. In epistemology, philosophers use the term to refer to attitudes about the world which can be either true or false.

‘belief’;

Ideanoun

A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.

‘I shortly afterwards set off for that capital, with an idea of undertaking while there the translation of the work.’;

Ideanoun

A rational conception; the complete conception of an object when thought of in all its essential elements or constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract.

Ideanoun

A fiction object or picture created by the imagination; the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the Deity.

‘Thence to behold this new-created world,The addition of his empire, how it showedIn prospect from his throne, how good, how fair,Answering his great idea.’;

Ideanoun

the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about;

‘it was not a good idea’; ‘the thought never entered my mind’;

Ideanoun

a personal view;

‘he has an idea that we don't like him’;

Ideanoun

an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth;

‘an estimate of what it would cost’; ‘a rough idea how long it would take’;

Ideanoun

your intention; what you intend to do;

‘he had in mind to see his old teacher’; ‘the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces’;

Ideanoun

(music) melodic subject of a musical composition;

‘the theme is announced in the first measures’; ‘the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it’;

Ideanoun

a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action

‘recently, the idea of linking pay to performance has caught on’; ‘it's a good idea to do some research before you go’;

Ideanoun

a mental impression

‘our menu list will give you some idea of how interesting a low-fat diet can be’;

Ideanoun

an opinion or belief

‘nineteenth-century ideas about drinking’;

Ideanoun

the aim or purpose

‘I took a job with the idea of getting some money together’;

Ideanoun

(in Platonic thought) an eternally existing pattern of which individual things in any class are imperfect copies.

Ideanoun

(in Kantian thought) a concept of pure reason, not empirically based in experience.

Idea

In common usage and in philosophy, ideas are abstract concepts. Also in philosophy, ideas can also be mental representational images of some object.

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