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
Recent Examples on the Web The Trevor Project aims to reach LGBTQ+ people seeking mental health help for a variety for a variety of conditions, including suicide ideation. Emilia Benton,, 7 June 2021 There have been reports of people experiencing hallucinations, insomnia, seizures, strokes, or even suicidal ideation after contracting the virus — and it’s all likely due to COVID’s impact on the brain, Dr. Boldrini says. Molly Longman,, 28 May 2021 Children who have lost a parent are at risk of experiencing compounding trauma, such as depression, poor educational outcomes or suicidal ideation. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 The relationships would suffer, the innovation would suffer, the ideation would suffer. David Rock, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Paulsen said that kidn of support can reduce rates of suicidal ideation and attempts. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 20 May 2021 On Ideation Content marketing succeeds or fails in ideation. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Sometimes those confessions about people wanting to hurt or kill themselves can remind us of our own pain or suicidal ideation, Adames said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 8 Mar. 2021 Even if tech workers are satisfied with their paychecks and perks, that does not preclude them from experiencing stress, burnout, or even suicidal ideation. Garen Staglin, Forbes, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of ideation

1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ideation was in 1818

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12 Jun 2021

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“Ideation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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