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Difference Between Fact and Opinion

fact_checkFact and Opinion are really different in the sense that Fact is something that is true and Opinion is only a belief. Fact is supported by evidence and Opinion has no backing of any evidence.

A person who makes a factual statement knows that his opinion comes from Fact. Where as a person who just makes some Opinion does not have any facts to substantiate. While Facts are true statements Opinions are not. Opinion is only a subjective statement and Fact is objective reality. Opinion can only be an emotional outburst of an individual or merely an interpretation.

Facts can be proved to be true but an Opinion can be either true or not. Opinion cannot be proved to be true. Fact is not some perception but Opinion is just a perception of the thoughts. The fact is what all believe to be true, while the opinion is believed to be true only by those who state it.

The fact is what exists and opinion is just only an opinion and nothing else. People only endorse facts as they are true. Although people may have different opinions on any subjects, they can be either endorsed or disregarded. Opinion is only a choice while fact is the worthy. Even if people think that their opinion is true and worthy, it might not be regarded by others who have different opinion on their own. Meanwhile everyone agrees when someone tells a fact.

According to the Webster’s Dictionary, the fact is “anything that is done or happened; anything actually existent; any statement strictly true; truth; reality” and opinion is something that “indicates a belief, view, sentiment, or conception.”

Opinion is only just a thought or speculation and it can lead to controversies. It may tend to dispel the truth whereas a fact is only truth and truth itself.

Facts are strong statements and opinions can be  biased statements. Facts always stay back in history whereas opinions are only views that may not get into history.

When people say a fact, they can easily influence others. But an opinion may not have the force to make an influence.

People sometimes find it hard to make a distinction between a fact and an opinion. The right understanding of the difference between fact and opinion is needed to evaluate things and to make judgments.

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  1. >Opinion has no backing of any evidence.
    >…knows that his opinion comes from Fact.

    Seriously. Enough with the contradictions.

    • NO there is a thing called INFORMED OPINION that is based on fact. Such as a doc telling you that YOU have cancer and you only have 6 month to live. That is “opinion” based on FACTUAL evidence. The FACTUAL evidence is that tests show you have cancer. The opinion is how long you can live with it.

      Could you live for six years or more? OF course that is why it is called INFORMED opinion – and opinion it is about how long you will live but it is FACT that you have cancer.

      There is a difference between opinion NOT based on anything but emotion or belief, and Informed opinion based on FACTS. Understand?

  2. Fact: Our solar system has nine planets.
    Fact: Our solar system now has eight planets.
    Opinion: Both above facts are truly opinions.

    • One could argue with our definition of FACTS – right NOW all we know is that there are so many planets that we can see or have found. That is considered FACT as it is based on evidence.

      Could we eventually find another planet – perhaps and then the FACTS change.

      We used to think that there were two Van Allen Radiation belts – in
      the atmosphere, now science has found a third. So the first thinking which was based on EVIDENCE were facts – they have now changed due to a third being discovered.

      You have to separate Opinion from FACT or everything we have and know would be opinion – its a matter of definition. BUT…as of today we accept that FACTS are based on evidence….not emotion, belief, etc

  3. Facts are opinions that prove to be true.

  4. This is feeble.

    • Wow, yes, how did it get over 4 stars? Did the guy have family and friends vote for it? Is there a way to submit an alternative article?

  5. The method by which this article and another article comparing/defining “fact” comes into question in a court of law. When a juror considers what constitutes a facthe/she is subject to an attorney (either side) may make a persuasive argument and thereby be ruled by the juror as a fact but that doesn’t make it so.
    The interplay of belief systems and their subsequent impact on what is interpreted as fact based on presentations is not presented in this and the other articles.

  6. What is in the spiritual domain chooses what comes to be in the material domain. Making a choice is the mechanism of creation. What exists in the material domain is a matter of fact, what is in the spiritual domain is a matter of opinion. One obtains a fact by copying from the material domain to a 1 to 1 corresponding model of it forced by evidence, one forms an opinion by expression of emotion with free will, thus choosing about what is in the spiritual domain.

  7. How can one tell that this reading text is describing the writer’s opinion emotionally or describing facts based on research or statistics ????

  8. There are three categories: Facts, Opinions, and Theories.

    Facts are provable with empirical evidence. Facts are irrefutable.

    Opinions are feelings based. Some examples are: thinking someone smells bad, having a favorite color, knowing how terrible that kids music is, and choosing which political party is best for everyone. Opinions are deceiving. I feel most people would think that their personal values are good and pure. Assuming that most people would think they are doing the “right thing”, would likely mean that most people would assume their ideas are facts, which is obviously not the case.

    Which brings us to theories.

    Theories are often presented as facts, but they are not. The difference is the empirical evidence and inability for repudiation. Theories often use correlational data or assumptions to best guess. This means that theories can range from being entirely true but unproven, mostly true, slightly correct, all the way down to outlandish and flagrant speculation. Theories are just ideas and guesses based on some form of thought process, assumed as true. Here are a few examples: Global warming is caused by humans. Carbon is the fourth most abundant element in the universe. Most religions also fall into this category, with that being said, you never know where they reside in that spectrum.

    Understand this, regardless who is telling you something is true, teachers will pass theories and opinions off as facts. Be skeptical of facts (is it irrefutable?)presented to you. If it has not been proven, it’s a theory at best. Some theories are sound, but not all. Opinions are rooted in personal feelings and personal values.

    Good luck, this world is full of people who will pass their theories off as facts. Facts are proven. If they get upset, more often than not, they are telling you theories or opinions passed off as facts.

    -Dave Caldwell

  9. Examples of fact and opinion:
    1. Dogs have fur.
    2. The beatles were a band.
    3. The last day of school is May 22nd.

    1. Dog fur is pretty.
    2. The beatles sang great song.
    3. May 22nd is the best day of the year.


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