Origin of notion
historical usage of notion
In the comedies of Plautus, nōtiō meant “acquaintance (with a person).” In legal and juridical language, nōtiō meant “examination, inquiry (by a magistrate).” The usual meaning of notion we owe to Cicero, the Roman orator, statesman, and man of letters, who created a technical philosophical vocabulary for Latin almost single-handedly in order to translate concepts in Greek philosophy. In his Topica (31), Cicero explains his usage of nōtiō : “I mean by notion what the Greeks call énnoia [‘thinking, reflection, notion, concept’] or prólēpsis [‘preconception, mental picture’].”
The plural notions “small articles, such as buttons, thread, ribbon, etc., displayed together for sale” was an Americanism that first appeared in a Philadelphia newspaper in 1796.
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The burrowing freeloaders “challenge our notion of what plants even do,” he says.‘Vampire’ parasite challenges the definition of a plant|Susan Milius|September 16, 2020|Science News For Students
There’s another notion of recursion, which is you can reuse stuff.Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Kevin Berger|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
The answer largely depends on how much we build into the notion of understanding.Welcome to the Next Level of Bullshit - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Raphaël Millière|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
The competitive advantage they once had when raising — the notion that they’re focused on an area no one else is — is potentially threatened.3 views on the future of geographic-focused funds|Natasha Mascarenhas|September 4, 2020|TechCrunch
The notion that the state’s attorney’s office can’t simultaneously pursue public safety and a broader sense of justice is false, she said, and it would be a mistake to stop the reform efforts now.As Trump Calls for Law and Order, Can Chicago’s Top Prosecutor Beat the Charge That She’s Soft on Crime?|by Mick Dumke|September 4, 2020|ProPublica
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|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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Could you talk a minute about the notion of being an unreliable narrator?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Joel Kotkin|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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But the Mexican caballeros had no notion of coming up to the scratch a third time.
Although everybody laughed at such a notion, the Worm-eating Warbler declared that he had a right to his own belief.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
But I couldn't get rid of the notion that he would hand me out the same dose he had given MacRae if only he had the power.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
He had not the least idea what wadding was, and his notion of a bullet was a dockyard cannon-ball bigger than his own head.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
Yet, try as I would to strangle the idea, all through the evening the same horrible, unaccountable notion clung to me.Uncanny Tales|Various