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.


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

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

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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