belief

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

Example: Shinto, a traditional religion in Japan, believes in spirits of nature or kami.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: beliefs
  • A collection of beliefs form a belief system.
  • A (noun) believer (verb) believes certain beliefs.

Related Quotations:

  • “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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References

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

 

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How to Cite the Definition of Belief

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “belief.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 19, 2018 (http://sociologydictionary.org/belief/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

belief. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/belief/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “belief.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 19, 2018. http://sociologydictionary.org/belief/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“belief.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <http://sociologydictionary.org/belief/>.