Definition of notion in English:



  • 1A conception of or belief about something.

    ‘children have different notions about the roles of their parents’
    ‘I had no notion of what her words meant’
    • ‘We see the world from different perspectives and have different notions of what constitutes fairness.’
    • ‘All of these various versions of blogging suggest different notions regarding community.’
    • ‘Disparate sides may well use the same word or concept to evaluate and characterise beliefs and ideas, yet load them with different notions and values.’
    • ‘There are different notions of what public opinion is.’
    • ‘Though the concept of beauty is timeless, notions of what constitutes the perfect physical form have changed over time.’
    • ‘Chinese people seem to have more affection for, and put more belief in, Western notions and practices.’
    • ‘We need a hierarchical rather than an egalitarian conception of aesthetic notions.’
    • ‘Reductionism and the criterial theory lean heavily on the notion of analytic or conceptual truth.’
    • ‘The above notions constitute the elementary concepts of category theory.’
    • ‘That is what Sir Owen Dixon set as the test - ordinary notions of the concept of income.’
    • ‘The second was that according to old-fashioned notions of gender stereotyping, a man should be the dominant partner in a marriage.’
    • ‘As a whole, the show provided insight into the formative years of artists now known for wholly different notions of what painting might be.’
    • ‘At present, complexity theory is more a set of concepts, notions and observations than a full-fledged theory.’
    • ‘Privacy was viewed as a vague enough concept even before notions of emotional damage became incorporated into its meaning.’
    • ‘He could not be bothered with spiritual notions or metaphysical concepts.’
    • ‘Present-day belief in these medieval notions is incredible.’
    • ‘Words like ‘family’ are also ambiguous, because people will have different notions of who makes up their family.’
    • ‘In mental test theory these notions are treated mathematically.’
    • ‘In the beginning, an ordinary person absorbs ideas and notions about different things from the surroundings and environment in which he lives.’
    • ‘Our examination of the particular concepts by topic suggests differing notions about what is meant by core concept.’
    idea, belief, concept, conception, conviction, opinion, view, thought, impression, image, perception, mental picture
    understanding, idea, awareness, knowledge, clue, inkling
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  • 2An impulse or desire, especially one of a whimsical kind.

    ‘she had a notion to ring her friend at work’
    • ‘Don't jump to conclusions, she chided herself, personally embarrassed by her outrageous notions.’
    • ‘But ‘the social gap in notions of fun may have more to do with age than gender.’’
    • ‘I find it sad that our notions of fun are equated with destruction and violence, and not creation and sustenance.’
    • ‘Eagleton says that opinion, appetite or inclinations are notions of individual desire that become a person's subjectivity.’
    • ‘Few notions strike fear in the hearts of an audience as much as the ‘concept album.’’
    • ‘Conceptual analysis is carried out in the philosophy of sexuality in order to clarify the fundamental notions of sexual desire and sexual activity.’
    • ‘And this desire transcends all notions of fear for one's own safety.’
    • ‘New Age materialism seemed an ugly form of self-serving notions to justify greed and the refusal of compassion.’
    • ‘I had vague notions of asking Sir Gregory about the comments that had passed between him and the Earl of Salisbury.’
    • ‘We'd talk about the nature of souls, notions of individuals and societies, and the function of psychology.’
    • ‘As social psychologists we have an inherent interest in all notions which might inform practices related to social and family responsibility.’
    impulse, inclination, whim, desire, wish, fancy, caprice, whimsy
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  • 3notionsNorth American Items used in sewing, such as buttons, pins, and hooks.

    • ‘Crafters will often use a backpack to transport fabric and other sewing notions to a guild meeting, leaving both hands free to carry the sewing machine.’
    • ‘Also be sure to get such notions as thread, zippers, buttons, and interfacing.’
    • ‘Store small notions, such as buttons, pins and snaps, in empty film containers, pill bottles or baby food jars.’
    • ‘On the ground floor there has been for twenty-five years a little store where toys and notions and stationery are sold.’
    • ‘Keep an eye out for sales on threads and other notions while you're there.’


Late Middle English: from Latin notio(n-) ‘idea’, from notus ‘known’, past participle of noscere.