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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 be·lief /bəˈlif/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Be·lief n.
 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.
 2. Theol. A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.
    No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth.   --Hooker.
 3. The thing believed; the object of belief.
    Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men.   --Bacon.
 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.
 Syn: -- Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: any cognitive content held as true [ant: unbelief]
      2: 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" [syn: impression,
          feeling, notion, opinion]