Definition of notion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnōSH(ə)n/


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
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  • 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.
idea, belief, conviction, opinion, view, thought, impression, perception;
hypothesis, theory;
feeling, funny feeling, suspicion, sneaking suspicion, hunch
understanding, idea, awareness, knowledge, clue, inkling
2An impulse or desire, especially one of a whimsical kind: she had a notion to call her friend at work
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  • 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.’
impulse, inclination, whim, desire, wish
dated fancy
3 (notions) chiefly North American Items used in sewing, such as buttons, pins, and hooks.
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with notion

commotion, devotion, emotion, groschen, Laotian, locomotion, lotion, motion, Nova Scotian, ocean, potion, promotion

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Syllabification: no·tion

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