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notion


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Notion  \No"tion\,  [L.  notio,  fr  noscere  to  know:  cf  F.  notion. 
  See  {Know}.] 
  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  not[ae]. 
 
  What  hath  been  generally  agreed  on  I  content  myself 
  to  assume  under  the  notion  of  principles.  --Sir  I. 
  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  --I.  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  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  2.  A  sentiment;  an  opinion. 
 
  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.  Sense  mind.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  4.  An  invention;  an  ingenious  device;  a  knickknack;  as 
  Yankee  notions.  [Colloq.] 
 
  5.  Inclination;  intention;  disposition;  as  I  have  a  notion 
  to  do  it  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  notion 
  n  1:  a  vague  idea  in  which  some  confidence  is  placed;  "his 
  impression  of  her  was  favorable";  "what  are  your 
  feelings  about  the  crisis?";  "it  strengthened  my  belief 
  in  his  sincerity"  [syn:  {impression},  {feeling},  {belief}] 
  2:  a  general  inclusive  concept 
  3:  a  whimsical  idea;  "the  theatrical  notion  of  disguise  is 
  associated  with  disaster  in  his  stories"  [syn:  {whim},  {whimsy}, 
  {whimsey}] 
  4:  small  personal  or  clothing  or  sewing  items:  "buttons  and 
  needles  are  notions"  [syn:  {notions}] 




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