- 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.]
- [Theol] A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith."No man can attain [to belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth." [Hooker.]
- The thing believed; the object of belief."Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men." [Bacon.]
- 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.]synonyms: Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion.
Etymology: OE. bileafe bileve; cf. AS. geleáfa. See Believe