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notion (ˈnəʊʃən Pronunciation for notion



  1. a vague idea; impression
  2. an idea, concept, or opinion
  3. an inclination or whim

Word Origin

C16: from Latin nōtiō a becoming acquainted (with), examination (of), from noscere to know

Translations for 'notion'

  • British English: notion A notion is an idea or belief about something. NOUNWe each have a notion of just what kind of person we'd like to be.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: noção
  • Chinese: 想法
  • European Spanish: noción
  • French: idée
  • German: Vorstellung
  • Italian: idea
  • Japanese: 概念
  • Korean: 생각
  • Portuguese: noção
  • Spanish: noción

Example Sentences Including 'notion'

For the most senior member of the fleet there is no notion of retirement, he will take the time to make sure he makes Les Sables d'Olonne.
Yachting Boating World (2004)
He found the notion of popping in on the obsequies altogether repugnant.
MacLeod, Charlotte Something in the Water
Indeed, the frequency of error would suggest perverse sabotage if the notion were not ludicrous.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
It seemed to be the least thinkable notion that had come to her ears for a long time.
Hilton, John Buxton Moondrop to Murder
Not in the name of Justice; that was a lofty notion he had abandoned within a year of leaving the Academy.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
This supports the notion that slab pull is more important than ridge push.
Richard Fortey THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)
We need to establish some notion of what population levels may be desirable.
Irish Times (2002)
What disturbs is the latent notion that, given the appropriate circumstances, this could be you.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
What we've got is this notion that there is some sort of licence for some continuing form of paramilitary activity.
Irish Times (2002)


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