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’
    • ‘Privacy was viewed as a vague enough concept even before notions of emotional damage became incorporated into its meaning.’
    • ‘Chinese people seem to have more affection for, and put more belief in, Western notions and practices.’
    • ‘As a whole, the show provided insight into the formative years of artists now known for wholly different notions of what painting might be.’
    • ‘Though the concept of beauty is timeless, notions of what constitutes the perfect physical form have changed over time.’
    • ‘In the beginning, an ordinary person absorbs ideas and notions about different things from the surroundings and environment in which he lives.’
    • ‘There are different notions of what public opinion is.’
    • ‘All of these various versions of blogging suggest different notions regarding community.’
    • ‘Our examination of the particular concepts by topic suggests differing notions about what is meant by core concept.’
    • ‘In mental test theory these notions are treated mathematically.’
    • ‘That is what Sir Owen Dixon set as the test - ordinary notions of the concept of income.’
    • ‘We need a hierarchical rather than an egalitarian conception of aesthetic notions.’
    • ‘The second was that according to old-fashioned notions of gender stereotyping, a man should be the dominant partner in a marriage.’
    • ‘The above notions constitute the elementary concepts of category theory.’
    • ‘At present, complexity theory is more a set of concepts, notions and observations than a full-fledged theory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Reductionism and the criterial theory lean heavily on the notion of analytic or conceptual truth.’
    • ‘Present-day belief in these medieval notions is incredible.’
    • ‘We see the world from different perspectives and have different notions of what constitutes fairness.’
    • ‘He could not be bothered with spiritual notions or metaphysical concepts.’
    • ‘Words like ‘family’ are also ambiguous, because people will have different notions of who makes up their family.’
    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’
    • ‘And this desire transcends all notions of fear for one's own safety.’
    • ‘But ‘the social gap in notions of fun may have more to do with age than gender.’’
    • ‘Don't jump to conclusions, she chided herself, personally embarrassed by her outrageous notions.’
    • ‘Eagleton says that opinion, appetite or inclinations are notions of individual desire that become a person's subjectivity.’
    • ‘I had vague notions of asking Sir Gregory about the comments that had passed between him and the Earl of Salisbury.’
    • ‘I find it sad that our notions of fun are equated with destruction and violence, and not creation and sustenance.’
    • ‘As social psychologists we have an inherent interest in all notions which might inform practices related to social and family responsibility.’
    • ‘Conceptual analysis is carried out in the philosophy of sexuality in order to clarify the fundamental notions of sexual desire and sexual activity.’
    • ‘New Age materialism seemed an ugly form of self-serving notions to justify greed and the refusal of compassion.’
    • ‘We'd talk about the nature of souls, notions of individuals and societies, and the function of psychology.’
    • ‘Few notions strike fear in the hearts of an audience as much as the ‘concept album.’’
    impulse, inclination, whim, desire, wish, fancy, caprice, whimsy
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  • 3notionsNorth American Items used in sewing, such as buttons, pins, and hooks.

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


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