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notion

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of notion

  1. 1 notions pl  small useful items the fabric store had a wide variety of thread, pins, buttons, and other notions Synonyms of notion etceteras, novelties, odds and ends, sundries Words Related to notion baubles, bric-a-brac, gewgaws (also geegaws), knickknacks (also nicknacks), trinkets; gadgets, gimmicks, jiggers; hodgepodge, miscellany, variety

  2. 2 a sudden impulsive and apparently unmotivated idea or action I have a notion to go in-line skating this afternoon Synonyms of notion bee, caprice, crank, fancy, freak, humor, kink, maggot, megrim, whim, vagary, vagrancy, whimsy (also whimsey)Words Related to notion capriciousness, fancifulness, fantasy (also phantasy), freakishness, impetuosity, whimsicality; conceit; concept, conception, image, impression, mind's eye, picture, thought; brainstorm, inspiration

  3. 3 an idea that is believed to be true or valid without positive knowledge has this naive notion that most people are basically honest Synonyms of notion belief, conviction, eye, feeling, judgment (or judgement), mind, opinion, persuasion, sentiment, verdict, viewWords Related to notion say; impression, perception, take; attitude; assumption, presumption, presupposition; conclusion, decision, determination; deliverance, esteem, estimate, estimation; credence, credit, faith; concept, conception, idea, thought; position, stance, stand; comment, obiter dictum, observation, reflection, remark; conjecture, guess, hunch, hypothesis, surmise, theory; advice, input, recommendation, suggestion; angle, outlook, perspective, shoes, slant, standpoint, viewpoint; counterviewNear Antonyms of notion fact, truth

  4. 4 something imagined or pictured in the mind that modernistic building does not match my notion of what a country cottage should look like Synonyms of notion abstraction, cogitation, concept, conception, image, impression, intellection, mind's eye, idea, picture, thoughtWords Related to notion apprehension, premonition, presentiment; preconception, prejudice, prepossession; chimera, delusion, hallucination, illusion, phantasm (also fantasm); caprice, conceit, fancy, freak, kink, vagary, whim; cognition, observation, perception, reflection; assumption, belief, conclusion, conviction; conjecture, guess, hunch, hypothesis, speculation, supposition, surmise, theory; brainchild, brainstorm, brain wave, inspirationNear Antonyms of notion actuality, fact, reality

  5. 5 an idea or statement about all of the members of a group or all the instances of a situation the popular notion that college athletes are airheads Synonyms of notion concept, conception, generality, generalization, stereotypeWords Related to notion bromide, cliché (also cliche), commonplace, platitude, truism; adage, proverb, saw, saying; hypothesis, proposition, theory; oversimplification, simplification, simplism

Synonym Discussion of 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


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