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notion  (ˈnəʊʃən



  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'

It seemed to be the least thinkable notion that had come to her ears for a long time.
Hilton, John Buxton Moondrop to Murder
He found the notion of popping in on the obsequies altogether repugnant.
MacLeod, Charlotte Something in the Water
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)


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