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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Another leap of faith is setting up your own business, and it's one that an increasing number of people have been making out of necessity in recent years, rather than choice.
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a marketing management firm in Pontiac, Michigan, and the first African American to own a Choice hotel, Rozier gives thanks to God for "leading my decision into business ownership," and credits BE for providing the platform at a previous BE Entrepreneurs Conference to take that leap of faith (see "New Places, New Faces," this issue).
The festival made a leap of faith this year into larger venues, adding 300-seat and 950-seat theaters to the usual 150-seat Charlotte York Irey Theater.
Small business owners weren't excited about becoming health-care providers, and you've got to admit it's a leap of faith to imagine the same guy who hasn't changed the Krackles in the break room vending machine since the late 1980s taking responsibility for your health and well-being.
Coming in and out of hepatic comas and losing her battle with this baffling disease, she took a radical step and a leap of faith that turned her health around and now has brought her 20 more years of life.
YOUR correspondent Sonia Mawston argues that the complexity of life reveals a divine intelligence but this is a leap of faith and contradicts historical evidence (Views of the North, January 27).
Jas, aged 29, said: "I'm going to take the leap of faith and go to Bollywood next September.
It's a little hard to break into institutional work--it takes a leap of faith [on behalf of the client]," Lindenbaum notes.
That Chimo is somehow better for it requires a greater leap of faith for the viewer.
IT took a giant leap of faith to back Rakassa in running at Folkestone.