What does notion mean?

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ˈnoʊ ʃənno·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinionnoun

    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"

  2. notionnoun

    a general inclusive concept

  3. notion, whim, whimsy, whimseynoun

    an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

    "the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories"; "he had a whimsy about flying to the moon"; "whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it"

  4. notionnoun

    (usually plural) small personal articles or clothing or sewing items

    "buttons and needles are notions"


  1. Notion

    Miscellaneous small objects; sundries; -- usually referring to articles displayed together for sale.


  1. notionnoun

    Mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined; an idea; a conception; more properly, a general or universal conception, as distinguishable or definable by marks or notæ.

  2. notionnoun

    A sentiment; an opinion.

  3. notionnoun

    Sense; mind. Shakespeare.

  4. notionnoun

    An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack.

    Yankee notions

  5. notionnoun

    Any small article used in sewing and haberdashery, such as a button or zipper.

  6. notionnoun

    Inclination; intention; disposition.

    I have a notion to do it.

  7. Etymology: From notio, from noscere. Compare French notion. See know.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NOTIONnoun

    Etymology: notion, Fr. notio, Latin.

    Many actions are punished by law, that are acts of ingratitude; but this is merely accidental to them, as they are such acts; for if they were punished properly under that notion, and upon that account, the punishment would equally reach all actions of the same kind. Robert South, Serm.

    The fiction of some beings which are not in nature; second notions, as the logicians call them, has been founded on the conjunction of two natures, which have a real separate being. John Dryden, State of Innocence.

    What hath been generally agreed on, I content myself to assume under the notion of principles, in order to what I have farther to write. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    There is nothing made a more common subject of discourse than nature and it’s laws; and yet few agree in their notions about these words. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

    That notion of hunger, cold, sound, colour, thought, wish, or fear, which is in the mind, is called the idea of hunger, cold, sound, wish, &c. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares,
    And not molest us; unless we ourselves
    Seek them with wand’ring thoughts and notions vain. John Milton.

    It would be incredible to a man who has never been in France, should one relate the extravagant notion they entertain of themselves, and the mean opinion they have of their neighbours. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 30.

    Sensual wits they were, who, it is probable, took pleasure in ridiculing the notion of a life to come. Francis Atterbury.

    His notion weakens, his discernings
    Are lethargy’d William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    So told, as earthly notion can receive. John Milton, P. Lost.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Notion

    mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined; an idea; a conception; more properly, a general or universal conception, as distinguishable or definable by marks or notae

  2. Notion

    a sentiment; an opinion

  3. Notion

    sense; mind

  4. Notion

    an invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack; as, Yankee notions

  5. Notion

    inclination; intention; disposition; as, I have a notion to do it

  6. Etymology: [L. notio, fr. noscere to know: cf. F. notion. See Know.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Notion

    nō′shun, n. the art of forming a conception in the mind of the various marks or qualities of an object: the result of this act, a conception: opinion: belief: judgment: a caprice or whim: any small article ingeniously devised or invented, usually in pl.adj. Nō′tional, of the nature of a notion: ideal: fanciful.—adv. Nō′tionally, in notion or mental apprehension: in idea, not in reality.—n. Nō′tionist, one who holds ungrounded opinions. [Fr.,—L. notion-emnoscĕre, notum, to know.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'notion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2743

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    Rank popularity for the word 'notion' in Nouns Frequency: #995

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of notion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of notion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of notion in a Sentence

  1. House Russia investigationRice:

    The notion that some people are trying to suggest, is that by asking for the identity of a person is leaking it, is unequivocally false, there is no connection between unmasking and leaking.

  2. Jodi McDade:

    The media gives us such a beating. Right now we're going through all the brouhaha over the Confederate Flag and refighting the Civil War, the notion that we're all toting our sheet and white top hat and stuff is so wrong, and I'm hoping that's what people will see.

  3. Steve Lambeth:

    This notion that what qualifies you as a Washington outsider is marching from the hinterlands.

  4. Adam Carolla:

    This notion that we've evolved into a species that's incapable of judging other groups and what they are doing, especially when it is beheading people or setting people on fire or throwing acid in the face of schoolgirls — I like that kind of judging. It's evolved!

  5. Anupam Jena:

    This highlights the notion that nobody is fully immune to the factors that promote unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.

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