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I need another word for opine. Express the opinion that is too many characters. (I have tight space constraints.) Opine sounds too stuffy to me.

Example:

The expert witness acknowledged the provision was added, but expressed the opinion that it would not solve the problem.

("Solve the problem" is understandable in the context.)

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    Since space is at a premium, what would be wrong with said? – Mick Dec 24 '16 at 20:12
  • Or thought.... – AmE speaker Dec 24 '16 at 20:15
  • She was making a prediction. In the present tense it would be "But I don't think that's going to solve the problem." She didn't have a crystal ball -- she was a psychologist giving her opinion. So in the third person past tense, I would say "She didn't think that would solve the problem." – aparente001 Dec 24 '16 at 20:18
  • 'agreed that the provision had been added but not that it would be effective/solve the problem,'? – Spagirl Dec 25 '16 at 8:09
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deem would work as well:

Although the expert witness acknowledged the addition, she deemed it insufficient.

  • Please see comment below question. – aparente001 Dec 24 '16 at 20:18
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Sorry, I seem to have benefited from the rubber duck phenomenon.

Although the expert witness acknowledged the addition, she considered it insufficient.

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    Rubber duck phenomenon? I googled and got all kinds of stuff, none of which seem to pertain. – Cascabel Dec 24 '16 at 20:27
  • @Cascabel - Sorry. I wasn't sure actually how to say that concisely. (I forgot that here on ELU I don't need to be concise!) I'm talking about rubber duck debugging, where you explain your problem to a rubber duck, that you sit on the desk in front of you because you can't find a person to walk your problem through to, and then the solution comes to you. – aparente001 Dec 24 '16 at 20:34

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