- 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 notions
We are not "equal" and you are not an ally if this is the childish base of your notions.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
It is a brief text with philosophical leanings that revolves around the notions of normality and abnormality in human nature.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
American military and intelligence leaders have only the vaguest of notions.ISIS Has 9,000 ‘Core Fighters.’ Or Maybe 17,000. Or Possibly 30,000.
November 6, 2014
For one thing, the subjective/objective distinction is fundamental to Western notions of scholarship, and science itself.What If Meditation Isn’t Good for You?
November 1, 2014
Eleven years later, Harmon shrugs off any notions of feeling pressure at the center of that billion-dollar franchise.NCIS’s Mark Harmon Is the World’s Biggest TV Star
September 23, 2014
The world's notions of purity are simply childish—because it is not itself pure.Weighed and Wanting
His notions of time and distance are often not in the very least to be relied on.The Roof of France
Our heroine balanced for a moment between these two notions.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
This did not suit our notions of a land cruise, and we began to grumble.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Sir William, in truth, had too much sense to often join or sympathize with these notions.In the Valley
- mainly US and Canadian pins, cotton, ribbon, and similar wares used for sewing; haberdashery
- a vague idea; impression
- an idea, concept, or opinion
- an inclination or whim
Word Origin and History for notions
"miscellaneous articles," 1805, American English, from notion with the idea of "clever invention."
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."