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(n.) 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.
(n.) The thing believed; the object of belief.
(n.) A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.
(n.) A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Belief'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/b/belief.html. 1828.