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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The growing popularity of hackathons and other ideation events stand testament to this. Richard Lobo, Quartz India, "Infosys HR chief on the three things Indian offices can do to prepare for millennial workers," 26 June 2019 Amofah, known across social media as Etika, went missing last week after posting a video detailing his struggles with suicidal ideations that concerned his fans. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Body Recovered From NYC's East River During Search For Missing YouTuber Etika," 25 June 2019 Not all decompensating, dangerous paranoid patients have homosexual ideation. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "The Theory That Justified Anti-Gay Crime," 20 June 2019 In response, Jones said, the agency implemented new suicide prevention training based on research that shows talking about suicidal ideations can decrease the chances that a child will attempt suicide., "When children die on Oregon’s watch, state officials may soon have to say more about what went wrong," 16 June 2019 Pete Davidson, who has been open about his mental health and suicidal ideation in the past, took to Instagram to stand up to online bullies. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Addressed Pete Davidson's Return to Instagram to Stand Up to Bullying," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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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