(noun) A conviction or idea an individual or group accepts as real or true, regardless of the lack of verifiable evidence.

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  • “Beliefs may be based on tradition, faith, experience, scientific research, or some combination of these. Faith in a supreme being and trust in another person are examples of beliefs” (Kendall 2006:46).

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Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.