ideation

[ahy-dee-ey-shuhn]
noun
the process of forming ideas or images.

Origin:
1820–30; ideate + -ion

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ideate (ˈaɪdɪˌeɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to form or have an idea of; to imagine or conceive
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin ideat- formed as an idea, from ideare, from Greek idea model, pattern, notion]
 
ide'ation
 
n

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ideation i·de·a·tion (ī'dē-ā'shən)
n.
The formation of ideas or mental images.


i'de·ate' v.
i'de·a'tion·al adj.
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If this is a severe enough depression, it could include suicidal ideation.
The curriculum involves the entire design process, from ideation to
  construction.
The rumination of depression is irrational, paranoid and morbid to the point of
  suicidal ideation and suicidal attempts.
There is so much irrational ideation and even paranoia that seems to be
  involved.
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