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- Rhymes: -əʊʃən
notion (plural notions)
- 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.
- What hath been generally agreed on, I content myself to assume under the notion of principles. - Sir Isaac Newton.
- Few agree in their notions about these words. - Cheyne.
- That notion of hunger, cold, sound, color, thought, wish, or fear which is in the mind, is called the "idea" of hunger, cold, etc. - Isaac Watts.
- 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. - Alexander Hamilton.
- A sentiment; an opinion.
- (obsolete) Sense; mind. Shakespeare.
- (colloquial) An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack.
- Yankee notions
- Any small article used in sewing and haberdashery, such as a button or zipper.
- (colloquial) Inclination; intention; disposition.
- I have a notion to do it.