1. 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." (Reid)
4. 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." (Hooker) Ultimate belief, a first principle incapable of proof; an intuitive truth; an intuition.
Origin: OE. Bileafe, bileve; cf. AS. Geleafa. See Believe.
(01 Mar 1998)
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