notion

[ noh-shuh n ]
/ ˈnoʊ ʃən /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. noticeable,
  2. notifiable,
  3. notifiable disease,
  4. notification,
  5. notify,
  6. notional,
  7. notionally,
  8. notionate,
  9. notions,
  10. notitia

Origin of notion

1560–70; < Latin nōtiōn- (stem of nōtiō) examination, idea, equivalent to nōt(us) past participle of nōscere (see notify) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsno·tion·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for notion

notion

/ (ˈnəʊʃən) /

noun

a vague idea; impression
an idea, concept, or opinion
an inclination or whim
See also notions

Word Origin for notion

C16: from Latin nōtiō a becoming acquainted (with), examination (of), from noscere to know

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Word Origin and History for notion

notion

n.

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."

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