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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bilevyng, belevand, bileveand, belefand, from Old English *belēfende, ġelīfende, ġelȳfende, from Proto-Germanic *bilaubijandz, *galaubijandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *bilaubijaną, *galaubijaną (to believe), equivalent to believe +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of believe

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English bilevinge, belewynge, equivalent to believe +‎ -ing.


believing (countable and uncountable, plural believings)

  1. The act or process of having faith, trust, or confidence in.
  2. Belief.
    • 2004, Dermot Moran, ‎Lester E. Embree, Phenomenology: Critical Concepts in Philosophy (volume 2, page 337)
      Some believings are believings with simple certainty; others are more or less uncertain; still others are believings with a reassured certainty, perhaps after a time during which they were uncertain.