Notion meaning

nōshən
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The definition of a notion is an idea, belief or vague knowledge of something.

An example of a notion is when you have an idea of what acceptable behavior is.

An example of a notion is when you sort of remember hearing about a particular fact.

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A belief or opinion.

Had an old-fashioned notion of what qualities were most important in a mate.

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An impulse or whim.

I suddenly had the notion of walking by the river.

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Small lightweight items for household use, such as needles, buttons, and thread.
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Any small article used in sewing and haberdashery, such as a button or zipper.
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A mental image; an idea or conception.

Do you have any notion of what I'm referring to?

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A belief; opinion; view.
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A plan or intention.
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Mental apprehension of whatever may be known, thought, or imagined; idea, concept.
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(colloquial) An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack.

Yankee notions.

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I have a notion to do it.

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A desire; inclination; whim.
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A small, useful household article, as a needle, a pin, or thread, sold in a store.
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Origin of notion

  • Middle English nocioun concept from Latin nōtiō nōtiōn- from nōtus known past participle of nōscere to get to know gnō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin notio (“a becoming acquainted, a taking cognizance, an examination, an investigation, a conception, idea, notion"), from noscere (“to know"). Compare French notion. See know.

    From Wiktionary