ide·​a·​tion | \ ˌī-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce ideation (audio) \

Definition of ideation

: the capacity for or the act of forming or entertaining ideas suicidal ideation

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Examples of ideation in a Sentence

caregivers are trained to watch for signs of depression and suicidal ideation—some patients are likely to put their fantasies to action

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Young people are reporting symptoms of depression more often, and suicidal ideation is becoming more common. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "What Latinx Students Want You to Know About Their Mental Health," 16 Apr. 2019 However, unexpectedly, current students who watched the entire second season reported declines in suicide ideation and self-harm relative to those who did not watch the show at all. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""13 Reasons Why" Series Premiere Reportedly Linked to Higher Suicide Rates," 30 Apr. 2019 There were many signs that Alex was dealing with guilt over the death of his friend Hannah (Katherine Langford) which seemingly led to suicidal ideation., "13 Reasons Why Just Debunked The Most Controversial Theory," 1 May 2018 According to the Journal Sentinel, Sydni had expressed suicidal ideation and guards were supposed to check on her every 15 minutes. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A Prison Guard Is Being Rehired After a Scandal Involving a Teen's Suicide Attempt," 18 Sep. 2018 From ideation to the launch night, in January, Provisions came together in a mere four months. Grace Ann Leadbeater, Vogue, "A New Non-Profit Is Creating Community Through Slow Food and Art," 9 Feb. 2019 The findings show that students who became involved with Active Minds were more likely to reach out to a classmate or friend struggling with a mental health issue, including mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, and even suicidal ideation. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Mental Health Resources on College Campuses Are Essential, Survey Shows," 27 June 2018 Along with self-harm, suicidal ideation and behavior and are significantly more prevalent among people with BPD, according to the NIMH. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "13 Facts Everyone Should Know About Borderline Personality Disorder," 5 Dec. 2018 Trigger Warning: The following contains language related to bullying and suicidal ideation. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson's Instagram Post About Mental Health Is a Reminder Not to Harass Celebs Online," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of ideation

1818, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of ideation

What It Is

Ideation is the act of forming ideas.

How It Works

For example, let's say Company XYZ makes widgets, and it wants to get into the children's widget market. Its product development team starts brainstorming ideas for specs, features and production methods.

This ideation process includes listing possible product features, designing prototypes, manufacturing prototypes, doing market research, and going back to square one with various iterations until something marketable and profitable emerges.

In a purely marketing context, ideation might involve creating an image board or concept for advertising.

Why It Matters

Ideation is what many business people spend a significant time doing. Without creativity, experimentation and dreaming, businesses would be far less innovative and thus far less profitable.

Source: Investing Answers


ide·​a·​tion | \ ˌīd-ē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce ideation (audio) \

Medical Definition of ideation

: the capacity for or the act of forming or entertaining ideas suicidal ideation

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