notion

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin nōtiō (a becoming acquainted, a taking cognizance, an examination, an investigation, a conception, idea, notion), from nōscere (to know). Compare French notion. See know.

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notion (plural notions)

  1. Mental apprehension of whatever may be known, thought, or imagined; idea, concept.
    • (Can we date this quote by Isaac Newton and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      What hath been generally agreed on, I content myself to assume under the notion of principles.
    • (Can we date this quote by George Cheyne and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Few agree in their notions about these words.
    • (Can we date this quote by Isaac Watts and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      That notion of hunger, cold, sound, color, thought, wish, or fear which is in the mind, is called the "idea" of hunger, cold, etc.
    • (Can we date this quote by Alexander Hamilton and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Notion, again, signifies either the act of apprehending, signalizing, that is, the remarking or taking note of, the various notes, marks, or characters of an object which its qualities afford, or the result of that act.
  2. A sentiment; an opinion.
    • April 2 1715, Joseph Addison, The Freeloader No. 30
      The extravagant notion they entertain of themselves.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Henry Newman and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      A perverse will easily collects together a system of notions to justify itself in its obliquity.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, in Death on the Centre Court:
      “Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke [] whom the papers are making such a fuss about.”
  3. (obsolete) Sense; mind.
  4. (colloquial) An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack.
    Yankee notions
  5. Any small article used in sewing and haberdashery, either for attachment to garments or as a tool, such as a button, zipper, or thimble.
  6. (colloquial) Inclination; intention; disposition.
    I have a notion to do it.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for notion in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin nōtiō, nōtiōnem.

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notion f (plural notions)

  1. notion

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