leap of faith


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leap of faith

1. An acceptance of or willingness to do something based largely or entirely on one's faith that it is correct or will work, despite having little or no evidence or assurance thereof. It will be quite the look of faith for us to trust an outsider to run the organization, after the family has maintained control for over 100 years. I feel a bit wary that people seem so eager to make a leap of faith about driverless cars being free to drive in our streets.
2. In video games, a jump that the player's character is forced to make when the player is unable to see where they will land. Because the game doesn't offer any control over the camera, there are a number of occasions where you have to take a leap of faith and just hope for the best.
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*leap of faith

Fig. acceptance of an idea or conclusion largely on faith. (*Typically: be ~; make ~; require ~.) We had to make quite a leap of faith to accept his promise after the last time he let us down.
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leap of faith

A belief or trust in something intangible or incapable of being proved. For example, It required a leap of faith to pursue this unusual step of transplanting an animals' heart into a human patient .
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leap of faith

The act or an instance of believing or trusting in something intangible or incapable of being proved.
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leap of faith

A belief or trust in something or someone that has no basis in past experience or fact. It is often applied to technological breakthroughs, as in “It took a real leap of faith for the first astronaut to step out on the Moon.” A Boston Globe article by Thomas Oliphant quotes Senator Edward Kennedy discussing a Supreme Court nominee: “The confirmation of nominees to our courts should not require a leap of faith. Nominees must earn their confirmation by providing us with full knowledge of the values and convictions they will bring to decisions. . . .” (Sept. 29, 2005).
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Similarly, we can criticize as naive Bazin's willingness to invest belief in the image as reality, but we can also identify with a dying man's leap of faith, especially when we realize that it is essentially no different from our own everyday psychic and affective investments in the cinema.
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Instead, she had a leap of faith and "realized that God's love was truly meant for me." Through a Christian woman, herself a former lesbian, Anne says she was led to Exodus International, and their ministry helped her to overcome her homosexuality.
Perhaps even more important is that in taking the truths of our Catholic religion for granted, we have not taken the leap of faith upon which all of them are grounded.
Leap of Faith is the usual mugwumpery that results every time Hollywood decides to deal with religion.
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