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Theory vs. Opinion

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Main Difference

The main difference between Theory and Opinion is that the Theory is a contemplative and rational type of abstract or generalizing thinking, or the results of such thinking and Opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement that is not conclusive; may deal with subjective matters in which there is no conclusive finding.

Wikipedia
  • Theory (noun)

    Mental conception; reflection, consideration. 16th-18th c.

  • Theory (noun)

    A phenomena and correctly predicts new facts or phenomena not previously observed, or which sets out the laws and principles of something known or observed; a hypothesis confirmed by observation, experiment etc. from 17th c.

  • Theory (noun)

    The underlying principles or methods of a given technical skill, art etc., as opposed to its practice. from 17th c.

  • Theory (noun)

    A field of study attempting to exhaustively describe a particular class of constructs. from 18th c.

    "Knot theory classifies the mappings of a circle into 3-space."

  • Theory (noun)

    A hypothesis or conjecture. from 18th c.

  • Theory (noun)

    A set of axioms together with all statements derivable from them. Equivalently, a formal language plus a set of axioms (from which can then be derived theorems).

    "A theory is consistent if it has a model."

  • Opinion (noun)

    A subjective belief, judgment or perspective that a person has formed about a topic, issue, person or thing.

    "I would like to know your opinions on the new filing system."

    "In my opinion, white chocolate is better than milk chocolate."

    "Every man is a fool in some man's opinion."

  • Opinion (noun)

    The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.

  • Opinion (noun)

    Favorable estimation; hence, consideration; reputation; fame; public sentiment or esteem.

  • Opinion (noun)

    Obstinacy in holding to one's belief or impression; opiniativeness; conceitedness.

  • Opinion (noun)

    The formal decision, or expression of views, of a judge, an umpire, a doctor, or other party officially called upon to consider and decide upon a matter or point submitted.

  • Opinion (noun)

    a judicial opinion delivered by an Advocate General to the European Court of Justice where he or she proposes a legal solution to the cases for which the court is responsible

  • Opinion (verb)

    To have or express as an opinion.

Wiktionary
  • Theory (noun)

    A doctrine, or scheme of things, which terminates in speculation or contemplation, without a view to practice; hypothesis; speculation.

  • Theory (noun)

    An exposition of the general or abstract principles of any science; as, the theory of music.

  • Theory (noun)

    The science, as distinguished from the art; as, the theory and practice of medicine.

  • Theory (noun)

    The philosophical explanation of phenomena, either physical or moral; as, Lavoisier's theory of combustion; Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments.

  • Opinion (noun)

    That which is opined; a notion or conviction founded on probable evidence; belief stronger than impression, less strong than positive knowledge; settled judgment in regard to any point of knowledge or action.

  • Opinion (noun)

    The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.

  • Opinion (noun)

    Favorable estimation; hence, consideration; reputation; fame; public sentiment or esteem.

  • Opinion (noun)

    Obstinacy in holding to one's belief or impression; opiniativeness; conceitedness.

  • Opinion (noun)

    The formal decision, or expression of views, of a judge, an umpire, a counselor, or other party officially called upon to consider and decide upon a matter or point submitted.

  • Opinion

    To opine.

Webster Dictionary
  • Theory (noun)

    a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena;

    "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"

    "true in fact and theory"

  • Theory (noun)

    a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena;

    "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"

    "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"

  • Theory (noun)

    a belief that can guide behavior;

    "the architect has a theory that more is less"

    "they killed him on the theory that dead men tell no tales"

  • Opinion (noun)

    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty;

    "my opinion differs from yours"

    "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"

  • Opinion (noun)

    a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people;

    "he asked for a poll of public opinion"

  • Opinion (noun)

    a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof;

    "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"

  • Opinion (noun)

    the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision;

    "opinions are usually written by a single judge"

  • Opinion (noun)

    the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)

  • Opinion (noun)

    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"

Princeton's WordNet

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