Meaning of notion in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnəʊʃ(ə)n/

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

    ‘Store small notions, such as buttons, pins and snaps, in empty film containers, pill bottles or baby food jars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.