no·​tion | \ ˈnō-shən How to pronounce notion (audio) \

Definition of notion

1a(1) : an individual's conception or impression of something known, experienced, or imagined They had different notions of right and wrong.
(2) : an inclusive general concept arriving at the notion of law— Irving Babbitt
(3) : a theory or belief held by a person or group the notion of original sin
b : a personal inclination : whim He had a notion to try skydiving.
2 obsolete : mind, intellect
3 notions plural : small useful items : sundries found the thread she wanted among the shop's notions

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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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He has some pretty strange notions. She had a vague notion about what happened. The study disproves any notion that dolphins are not intelligent. She had a notion to try skydiving. a sewing shop that sells fabrics, books, tools, and notions
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Recent Examples on the Web Rams general manager Les Snead cited Alabama coach Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide staff as the basis for that notion. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Rams think they added Alabama’s most talented player in Terrell Lewis," 26 May 2020 As neglect turned into official policy, the very principle upon which the towers were built—that housing represents a fundamental human right—came to seem like a radical, even dangerous, notion. Ian Volner, Harper's Magazine, "Grand Designs," 25 May 2020 Such a shift might also amount to a repudiation of the notion that creative work demands corporate campuses reminiscent of college, with free food, ping pong tables and open office plans designed to encourage unplanned interactions. Barbara Ortutay, USA TODAY, "Working from home post-COVID-19? Facebook, Apple, Twitter and Microsoft embracing remote work," 22 May 2020 Such a shift might also amount to a repudiation of the notion that creative work demands corporate campuses reminiscent of college, with free food, ping pong tables and open office plans designed to encourage unplanned interactions. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Facebook rolls out plan for remote work hubs in Dallas, Denver, Atlanta," 21 May 2020 That notion rings hollow to Nick Cady, legal director for Cascadia Wildlands, one of the environmental organizations that originally petitioned to protect fishers in Oregon in 2000. oregonlive, "Pacific fisher again denied endangered species protection in Oregon," 19 May 2020 The notion was raised several weeks ago by Costa Rican officials amid mounting concern that some Covid-19 medical products may not be accessible for poorer populations. Ed Silverman, STAT, "WHO embraces plan for Covid-19 intellectual property pool," 15 May 2020 The mayor dispelled the notion that the Small Business Rent Relief is giving away free money to business owners. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood’s Small Business Rent Relief fund provides 118 store owners with more than $187,000," 13 May 2020 Trump dismissed the notion that the virus spreading among White House staff was a warning sign about his push to reopen the country, where death toll continued to surge, approaching 77,000 in the United States. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump flouts coronavirus protocols as security experts warn of need to protect president from a lethal threat," 9 May 2020

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First Known Use of notion

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(2)

History and Etymology for notion

Latin notion-, notio, from noscere

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The first known use of notion was in 1531

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29 May 2020

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“Notion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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no·​tion | \ ˈnō-shən How to pronounce notion (audio) \

Kids Definition of notion

1 : idea sense 2 I haven't the faintest notion what to do.
2 : whim We had a sudden notion to go swimming.
3 notions plural : small useful articles (as buttons, needles, and thread)

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