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noun no·tion \ˈnō-shən\

Simple Definition of notion

  • : an idea or opinion

  • : an idea about doing something : a sudden wish or desire

  • notions : small useful things (such as pins, thread, buttons) that are used for sewing

Full Definition of notion

  1. 1 a (1) :  an individual's conception or impression of something known, experienced, or imagined (2) :  an inclusive general concept (3) :  a theory or belief held by a person or group b :  a personal inclination :  whim

  2. 2 obsolete :  mind, intellect

  3. 3 plural :  small useful items :  sundries

Examples of notion

  1. He has some pretty strange notions.

  2. She had a vague notion about what happened.

  3. The study disproves any notion that dolphins are not intelligent.

  4. She had a notion to try skydiving.

  5. a sewing shop that sells fabrics, books, tools, and notions

Origin of notion

Latin notion-, notio, from noscere

First Known Use: 1537

Synonym Discussion of notion

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed <innovative ideas> <my idea of paradise>. concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be <a society with no concept of private property>. conception is often interchangeable with concept ; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result <our changing conception of what constitutes art>. thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining <commit your thoughts to paper>. notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental <you have the oddest notions>. impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses <the first impression is of soaring height>.

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February 11, 2016

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