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notion

[noh-shuh n] /ˈnoʊ ʃən/
noun
1.
a general understanding; vague or imperfect conception or idea of something:
a notion of how something should be done.
2.
an opinion, view, or belief:
That's his notion, not mine.
3.
conception or idea:
his notion of democracy.
4.
a fanciful or foolish idea; whim:
She had a notion to swim in the winter.
5.
an ingenious article, device, or contrivance; knickknack.
6.
notions, small articles, as buttons, thread, ribbon, and other personal items, especially such items displayed together for sale, as in a department store.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin nōtiōn- (stem of nōtiō) examination, idea, equivalent to nōt(us) past participle of nōscere (see notify) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
notionless, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. See idea.
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British Dictionary definitions for notionless

notion

/ˈnəʊʃən/
noun
1.
a vague idea; impression
2.
an idea, concept, or opinion
3.
an inclination or whim
See also notions
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nōtiō a becoming acquainted (with), examination (of), from noscere to know
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Word Origin and History for notionless
notion
1533 (implied in notional), from L. notionem (nom. notio) "concept," from notus, pp. of noscere "come to know" (see know). Coined by Cicero as a loan-translation of Gk. ennoia "act of thinking, notion, conception," or prolepsis "previous notion, previous conception." Notions "miscellaneous articles" (1805, Amer.Eng.) springs from the idea of "clever invention."
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