1. The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in another: My belief in you is as strong as ever.
2. Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or validity of something: His explanation of what happened defies belief.
3. Something believed or accepted as true, especially a particular tenet or a body of tenets accepted by a group of persons.
[Middle English bileve, alteration (influenced by bileven, to believe) of Old English gelafa; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: belief, credence, credit, faith These nouns denote mental acceptance of the truth, actuality, or validity of something: a statement unworthy of belief; an idea steadily gaining credence; testimony meriting credit; has no faith in a liars assertions. See Also Synonyms at opinion.
belief /blif/ n. [C;U] 1 an idea, condition, or way of behaving that one thinks is true: She has the belief that he loves her.2 trust: She has belief in her daughters good judgment.3 a religious principle or moral standard: She is a woman with strong religious beliefs.4beyond belief: untrue, incredible