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Words used to describe thoughts, beliefs and ideas - thesaurus

Synonyms

abstract

adjective

abstract ideas exist as thoughts in the mind, and are not related to physical objects or real events and actions

central

adjective

a central idea, aspect, system etc is one of the main ones that is used or needed

theoretical

adjective

based on theories or ideas instead of on practical experience

popular

adjective

a popular belief, feeling, attitude etc is one that many people have

orthodox

adjective

accepted by most people as the correct or usual idea or practice

conceptual

adjective

relating to ideas and principles

metaphysical

adjective

relating to ideas about life, existence, and other things that are not part of the physical world

utopian

adjective

utopian principles or beliefs are based on the idea that life can be perfect. This is often used for saying that something is not practical or sensible

nonconformist

adjective

different from the way that most people usually think or behave

revisionist

adjective

revisionist ideas are different from the ideas that a group has officially or traditionally accepted. This word often shows that you think the new ideas are wrong

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absolutist

adjective

believing that one rule or principle is more important than any other and must never be broken

ahistorical

adjective

formal failing to consider history properly when thinking or talking about something

anthropocentric

adjective

considering that people are more important than anything else in the world

at/in the back of your mind

if something is at the back of your mind, you are thinking about it or it is affecting how you behave, perhaps without your realizing it

at the back of your mind

not thinking about something now, but knowing that it exists or is true

be bound up in/with something

ideas, feelings, or issues that are bound up with each other are connected very closely, so that it is difficult to think of them separately

black-and-white

adjective

involving one idea that is clearly right and another that is clearly wrong, so that it is not difficult for you to make a moral decision

blind

adjective

a blind emotion or belief is so strong that you do not question it in any way, even if it is unreasonable

circular

adjective

a circular argument or theory does not mean anything because it consists of a series of causes and effects that lead you back to the original cause

compatible

adjective

ideas or systems that are compatible can exist together

competing

adjective

competing arguments, claims, theories etc cannot all be true or cannot all be dealt with in an equal way

Confucian

adjective

relating to or based on the moral theories and principles of Confucius

contagious

adjective

a contagious feeling or idea spreads quickly from one person or place to another

contradictory

adjective

contradictory statements, information, ideas, or beliefs disagree with each other and cannot both or all be true

critical

adjective

according to people whose job is to give their opinion of things such as new books, plays, or films

critically

adverb

by people whose job is to give their opinion of things such as new books, plays, or films

current

adjective

believed or practised by many people at the present time

deep

adjective

something that is deep involves very serious thoughts, ideas, or feelings

deep-rooted

adjective

a deep-rooted feeling, belief, idea etc is strong and you have had it for so long that it is difficult to change

defensible

adjective

a defensible belief or idea is one that you can support well against criticism

deterministic

adjective

formal using or believing in the idea that everything is caused by another event or action and so you are not free to choose what you do

discretionary

adjective

based on someone’s judgment of a particular situation rather than on a set of rules

doctrinal

adjective

relating to a doctrine

elegant

adjective

an elegant theory or solution is impressive because it is simple and effective

experiential

adjective

very formal relating to or based on experience

fiendish

adjective

a fiendish plan or idea is very clever but cruel

fixed

adjective

a fixed idea or opinion does not change although it may be wrong

half-baked

adjective

informal a half-baked idea or plan is not practical because it has not been thought about carefully

holistic

adjective

thinking about the whole of something, and not just dealing with particular aspects

ideological

adjective

based on, or relating to, an ideology

inductive

adjective

formal reasoning from particular facts or ideas to a general rule or law

ingrained

adjective

an ingrained attitude, belief, or habit has existed for a long time and cannot easily be changed

inmost

adjective

literary innermost

innermost

adjective

your innermost thoughts and feelings are the ones that are most personal and private

in someone’s thoughts

if someone is in your thoughts, you think about them a lot. This expression is often used for telling someone who is unhappy that you are thinking about them

in the abstract

thinking about something only as a general idea without referring to real situations or practical experience

in the belief that

because you think that something is true

in the round

British looking at all aspects of an issue

introspective

adjective

tending to examine your own feelings, thoughts, or ideas rather than communicating with other people

literal

adjective

understanding words or ideas only in a basic and obvious way, and not their hidden or more unusual meanings

loud

adjective

used about the opinion itself

mechanistic

adjective

treating or describing human behaviour and natural processes as if they are machines

messianic

adjective

formal relating to the belief that society needs to be completely changed

mistaken

adjective

a mistaken belief, idea, opinion etc is not correct

muddle-headed

adjective

resulting from a lack of clear thought

optimistic

adjective

used about beliefs, attitudes, or periods in history

optimistic

adjective

based on beliefs that are too confident

orthodox

adjective

believing and practising the basic or original ideas of a political, economic, or other theory

positivist

adjective

relating to positivism

preconceived

adjective

a preconceived idea or opinion is formed before you have a lot of information, experience, or evidence and is therefore probably wrong

privately

adverb

used about thoughts or feelings that you do not express

profound

adjective

showing serious thought and wise ideas

radical

adjective

radical opinions are based on the belief that important political or social changes are necessary

received

adjective

formal generally believed to be true or correct

set

adjective

used about people’s ideas or behaviour

simplistic

adjective

treating something in a way that makes it seem much simpler than it really is

skewed

adjective

opinions, ideas, or judgments that are skewed have been affected by something, making them strange or unfair

strict

adjective

completely following the rules of a particular belief

strictly

adverb

in a strict way

strong

adjective

firmly believed, or firmly felt

subconscious

adjective

relating to thoughts or feelings that you have but do not think about, or do not realize you have

subjective

adjective

used about a person’s feelings and thoughts that no one else can know directly or completely

technical

adjective

based on a strict way of understanding or explaining a law or rule

technically

adverb

according to a strict way of understanding the meaning of a rule or a set of facts

thematic

adjective

formal relating to ideas or subjects

theoretical

adjective

relating to theories or ideas

thoughtful

adjective

thinking seriously about something

thoughtfully

adverb

in a way that shows you are thinking seriously about something

thought-out

adjective

considered in every aspect

threadbare

adjective

a threadbare idea or excuse has been used a lot and is no longer effective

uncontroversial

adjective

if an idea, statement, or situation is uncontroversial, the majority of people accept that it is right

unshaken

adjective

unshaken feelings or beliefs remain strong despite disappointments

utilitarian

adjective

utilitarian attitudes or principles are based on the belief that something is morally right if it helps a majority of people

vehement

adjective

involving extremely strong feelings or beliefs

warmed-over

adjective

American warmed-over ideas or arguments are not new or original

weak

adjective

a weak argument or idea is one that you can easily criticize or prove to be wrong

with someone/something in mind

while thinking about someone or something

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