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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Belief \Be*lief"\, n. [OE. bileafe, bileve; cf. AS. gele['a]fa. See Believe.] 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. [1913 Webster] Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest suspicion to the fullest assurance. --Reid. [1913 Webster] 2. (Theol.) A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith. [1913 Webster] No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. The thing believed; the object of belief. [1913 Webster] Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 4. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed. [1913 Webster] In the heat of persecution to which Christian belief was subject upon its first promulgation. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] Ultimate belief, a first principle incapable of proof; an intuitive truth; an intuition. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] Syn: Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion. [1913 Webster]