- a general understanding; vague or imperfect conception or idea of something: a notion of how something should be done.
- an opinion, view, or belief: That's his notion, not mine.
- conception or idea: his notion of democracy.
- a fanciful or foolish idea; whim: She had a notion to swim in the winter.
- an ingenious article, device, or contrivance; knickknack.
- notions, small articles, as buttons, thread, ribbon, and other personal items, especially such items displayed together for sale, as in a department store.
Origin of notion
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Examples from the Web for notion
But Brooke was out of step with the New Left and its notion of radical chic.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
As Puar further pointed out, this notion of a global gay identity is easily manipulated.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
Could you talk a minute about the notion of being an unreliable narrator?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
They embraced the notion of a growing America, whose economy could be expanded for the benefit of the majority.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
The biggest misfire here, though, was the notion that anyone would believe that this dude looked at all like Prince Harry.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
But it was always my notion, that children should not dispute their parents' authority.
But I more wonder, how he came to have a notion of meeting me in this place?
Some notion of its extent may be gathered from the fact that he possessed 120 cows.The Roof of France
For she thought in the night he will forget his notion, as had often been the case, and he will have some other fancy.Rico and Wiseli
He rattled the snaffle in his mouth with nervous indecision—he had a notion to try it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- a vague idea; impression
- an idea, concept, or opinion
- an inclination or whim
Word Origin and History for notion
late 14c., from Latin notionem (nominative notio) "concept, conception, idea, notice," noun of action from past participle stem of noscere "come to know" (see know). Coined by Cicero as a loan-translation of Greek ennoia "act of thinking, notion, conception," or prolepsis "previous notion, previous conception."