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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology

Latin notio, French noscere to know: compare French notion. See Know.

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Noun

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  1. Mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined; an idea; a conception; more properly, a general or universal conception, as distinguishable or definable by marks or notæ.
    Quotations
    • What hath been generally agreed on, I content myself to assume under the notion of principles. - Sir Isaac Newton.
    • Few agree in their notions about these words. - Cheyne.
    • That notion of hunger, cold, sound, color, thought, wish, or fear which is in the mind, is called the "idea" of hunger, cold, etc. - Watts.
    • Notion, again, signifies either the act of apprehending, signalizing, that is, the remarking or taking note of, the various notes, marks, or characters of an object which its qualities afford, or the result of that act. - Hamilton.
  2. A sentiment; an opinion.
    Quotations
    • The extravagant notion they entertain of themselves. - Addison.
    • A perverse will easily collects together a system of notions to justify itself in its obliquity. - J. H. Newman.
  3. (obsolete) Sense; mind. Shakespeare.
  4. (colloquial) An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack; as, Yankee notions.
  5. (colloquial) Inclination; intention; disposition; as, I have a notion to do it.

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