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beyond belief

Inconceivable; outside of the realm of imagination, expectation, or anticipation. I find it simply beyond belief the greed of all these big corporations. That film was amazing, it was actually beyond belief!
See also: belief, beyond

contrary to popular belief

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. Contrary to popular belief, higher taxes end up benefiting people more than lower ones.
See also: belief, contrary, popular

beggar belief

To defy attempts at description; to be difficult or impossible to describe or explain. The spectacular vista at the Grand Canyon beggars belief. My boss's incompetence is astounding. It truly beggars all belief.
See also: beggar, belief

to the best of (one's) knowledge

As far as one is aware; according to one's genuine knowledge or opinion. The shopkeeper assured investigators that, to the best of his knowledge, he had not seen the suspect pass through that morning. To the best of my knowledge, we should be done with the seminar around lunchtime.
See also: knowledge, of

to the best of (one's) belief

As far as one is aware; according to one's genuine knowledge or opinion. The shopkeeper assured investigators that, to the best of his belief, he had not seen the suspect pass through that morning. To the best of my belief, we should be done with the seminar around lunchtime.
See also: belief, of

restore (one's) belief in (someone or something)

To cause someone to trust or have faith in someone or something again. I must say, Richard, this whole situation has made us very wary. It will take some diligent work on your part to restore our belief in you. The success of their recent product has restored investors' belief in the company.
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restore someone's trust in something

 and restore someone's belief in something; restore someone's faith in something
to reinstate someone's belief, faith, trust, etc., in something. I knew that a good performance on the test would restore my parents' belief in me. Her faith was restored in the government.
See also: restore, trust

beggar belief (or description)

be too extraordinary to be believed (or described).
See also: beggar, belief

beggar beˈlief/deˈscription

be too strange and unusual to be believed/described: It beggars belief that no one knew she was stealing money for so long.The sight of him completely covered with mud and oil beggared description.

beyond beˈlief

(in a way that is) too great, difficult, etc. to be believed: Dissatisfaction with the government has grown beyond belief.icy air that was cold beyond belief
See also: belief, beyond

to the best of your beˈlief/ˈknowledge

as far as you know: He never made a will, to the best of my knowledge.
See also: belief, knowledge, of

contrary to popular beˈlief/oˈpinion

although it is not what most people consider to be true: Contrary to popular belief, many cats dislike milk.
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The current study was planned to determine any association between pain beliefs and clinical/functional status, and between pain beliefs and kinesiophobia in OA patients.
Belief is an emotion, an outward projection of an emotion.
Of course, people who want this kind of government would be happy only if it reflected their religious beliefs. Thus, prayer in public schools and city council meetings, for example, would be their prayers.
Writing at Beliefnet.com, faith and religion monitor Stephanie Hertzenberg speculated that the increasing embrace of New Age beliefs by those who identify as Christian "appears to be linked to the ever increasing number of Americans who do not identify themselves with an orthodox religious group.
The author, a social psychologist who specializes in the psychology of belief, elucidates how the brain and nervous system function to create the perceptions, memories, and emotions that shape belief.
Studies in the field of mathematics have shown that one's beliefs whether about oneself or about a particular subject significantly impact the academic achievement, cognition and learning behavior (Krosnick, 2007).
As a result, numerous studies have been conducted highlighting students" beliefs, styles and strategies, individual differences, etc.
Belief (t) refers to what one believes; belief (a) refers to how one believes.
But the Diocese of Borongan reminded the faithful that such beliefs are superstitious and are contrary to the Catholic Church's teachings.
Employment tribunals have decided that the following can amount to philosophical beliefs: | A belief in the sanctity of life, extending to a fervent anti-fox hunting and anti-hare coursing belief; | A belief in the "higher purpose" of public service broadcasting, to encourage debate and citizenship in a public space; and | A belief that public service and the need to engender in others a desire and commitment to serve the community for the common good.
Friedkin, professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a belief system in a group--religious or political, for instance--depends on a set of interlocking beliefs.
Previous research has addressed several aspects of teacher beliefs and practices.
The first explains how beliefs shape everything and provides six basic principles of beliefs to show how we form and use them: Beliefs are models; beliefs are created; beliefs create a shared world; beliefs create blind spots; beliefs defend themselves; and beliefs are tied to identity.
Objective: Belief systems research is vital for understanding democratic politics, Extremism, And political decision-making.