notion

noun
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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of notion in a Sentence

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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Crumple zones originated in the '50s with the notion that a rigid car isn’t enough. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "10 Innovations That Made the Modern Car," 4 Dec. 2018 White men bridle at the notion of being part of a tribe or engaging in identity politics. David Roberts, Vox, "American white people really hate being called “white people”," 26 July 2018 Suddenly, the fourth-youngest player in the Carolina League, an All-Star in it a few weeks ago, surely is among the youngest in Class AA ball … with a notion that this fast-forwards him even more. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "With a knack for the spectacular, precocious Khalil Lee is moving up rapidly in Royals system," 28 June 2018 Blistering dissents by by Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg took issue with the notion that Trump’s order was motivated by anything other than anti-Muslim prejudice. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban in Huge Victory for Administration," 26 June 2018 The survivor's statement lashed out at that notion. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "120 Nassar survivors: MSU president John Engler 'has failed miserably'," 19 June 2018 But by 2008, Hegerty had retired and the new chief, Ed Flynn, bristled at the notion that his officers had to make up for the lack of adequate psychiatric services. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Implementation of mental health training plan for officers runs counter to recommendations," 8 June 2018 Among the folks who take umbrage with that notion is Dave Olsen, a rockweed harvester who penned a fierce rebuttal to the center’s letter. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian, "How Seaweed Connects Us All," 31 May 2018 But allowing creators to make money is a wholly different notion from SoundCloud being as profitable for artists as other streaming platforms (which many already perceive as not paying enough). Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Here’s how indie artists will make money with SoundCloud Premier," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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notion

noun
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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