Words nearby notion
Origin of notion
OTHER WORDS FROM notionno·tion·less, adjective
synonym study for 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.
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.
It is a brief text with philosophical leanings that revolves around the notions of normality and abnormality in human nature.
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.|Tim Mak|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For one thing, the subjective/objective distinction is fundamental to Western notions of scholarship, and science itself.
Eleven years later, Harmon shrugs off any notions of feeling pressure at the center of that billion-dollar franchise.
Then, he was altogether one of us in his notions of pleasure and recreation.
Imported into Greece, these notions and their cult had a twofold development.Demonology and Devil-lore|Moncure Daniel Conway
He sold the man over ten dollars worth of notions and novelties.Bound to Succeed|Allen Chapman
Does the same man always agree with himself in the notions he forms of his God?Good Sense|Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
All notions of exactions and monopolies, therefore, must be untrue, as applied to those two interests at that day.The Chainbearer|J. Fenimore Cooper