We use "would" when we want to express our opinions, https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/would:

Definition 14:

  1. I think you'd agree he's a very respected columnist.

  2. I would class her among/with the top ten American novelists. (mine)

  3. We would describe the standard of the food as poor. (mine)

  4. I would call it self-defense. (mine)

Q: Can we replace "would" with "might" or "could" in these examples? In other words, can we use "might" or "could" with this "opinion meaning" of "would"?

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    You could replace would with nothing at all in all your examples. All it does is "weaken" the main verb (agree, class, describe,...) if the speaker wants to be a bit more hesitant / deferential when making his assertion. Using could or might would sometimes be "equivalent", but sometimes it will/would/could/might/may alter the intended implication of the utterance. – FumbleFingers Sep 29 '20 at 13:00

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