• WordNet 3.6
    • n notion (usually plural) small personal articles or clothing or sewing items "buttons and needles are notions"
    • n notion a general inclusive concept
    • n notion 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","I had a feeling that she was lying"
    • n notion an odd or fanciful or capricious idea "the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories","he had a whimsy about flying to the moon","whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Notion A sentiment; an opinion. "The extravagant notion they entertain of themselves.""A perverse will easily collects together a system of notions to justify itself in its obliquity."
    • Notion An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack; as, Yankee notions .
    • Notion Inclination; intention; disposition; as, I have a notion to do it.
    • Notion 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. "What hath been generally agreed on, I content myself to assume under the notion of principles.""Few agree in their notions about these words.""That notion of hunger, cold, sound, color, thought, wish, or fear which is in the mind, is called the “idea” of hunger, cold, etc.""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."
    • Notion Miscellaneous small objects; sundries; -- usually referring to articles displayed together for sale.
    • Notion Sense; mind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n notion A general concept; a mental representation of a state of things. Thus, the general enunciation of a geometrical theorem is comprehended by means of notions, and only in that way can the property to be proved be firmly seized by the mind, and kept distinct from other properties of the same figure; but in order to prove the theorem a construction or diagram is requisite, involving a representation in the imagination capable of being studied so as to observe hitherto unknown relations in it.
    • n notion A thought; a cognition.
    • n notion In the Lockian philos., a complex idea.
    • n notion In the Hegelian philos., that comprehensive conception in which conflicting elements are recognized as mere factors of the whole truth.
    • n notion An opinion; a sentiment; a view; especially, a somewhat vague belief, hastily caught up or founded on insufficient evidence and slight knowledge of the subject.
    • n notion A desire, inclination, intention, or sentiment, generally not very deep nor rational; a caprice; a whim.
    • n notion The mind; the power of knowledge; the understanding.
    • n notion In a concrete sense, a small article of convenience; a, utensil; some small useful article involving ingenuity or inventiveness in its conception or manufacture: commonly in the plural.
    • n notion Synonyms and Impression, fancy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Notion nō′shun the art of forming a conception in the mind of the various marks or qualities of an object: the result of this act, a conception: opinion: belief: judgment: a caprice or whim: any small article ingeniously devised or invented, usually in pl.adj. Nō′tional, of the nature of a notion: ideal: fanciful
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  • Angela Carter
    “The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.”
  • Joseph Brodsky
    “The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.”
  • Simone Weil
    “To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny.”
  • Seneca
    “If you live according to the dictates of nature, you will never be poor; if according to the notions of man, you will never be rich.”
  • Charles F. Kettering
    “It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. notio, fr. noscere, to know: cf. F. notion,. See Know
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. notion-emnoscĕre, notum, to know.


In literature:

The salad of unprincipled notions she put into these girl-friends' heads!
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
You need to take hold of the notion we're partners in this thing.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
I think I shall try and put the notion into my Aunt Kezia's head to have the Bracewells here for Christmas.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
I'd no notion Katherine had married into such a remarkable family.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Notions ter become the boss war chief of the hull Sioux nation, same as Sitting Bull.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
Notion of decency lacking.+ There are cases of groups in which no notions of decency can be found.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Other notions of it lay stress, and that rightly, upon certain correspondence between us and God.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
I've a notion that I could swim through all that foam.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Reason and Philosophy are making great strides; and precedent and hereditary notions go fast to decline.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
People have such odd notions as to nice pictures.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
The reality was so entirely different from his preconceived notions.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
In the first place, how did you get this absurd notion that you are going to die into your head?
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
I've had that notion myself.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
But Masters had no notion of being run over.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
No Jew anywhere in the world can get into his stupid head the notion of a bargain, or of exchanging one thing for another.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
They're on a line that'll strike Fort Randall, wi' a heap more military 'n they'll notion.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Ma's a master hand for reading novels, too, and she gets notions out of them.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
He is so very strict and scrupulous in his notions; over-scrupulous I must say.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Accordin' to some folks' notions, now-a-days, a man ought to enj'y only the property he heaps together himself.
"The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin, Volume 1." by James Fenimore Cooper
I had the sudden notion of asking for permission to sit in that Universal Library, and write.
"Aliens" by William McFee

In poetry:

My notion was that you had been
(Before she had this fit)
An obstacle that came between
Him and ourselves and it.
"The White Rabbit's Verses" by Lewis Carroll
What if, as yet, I have never seen
The true face of the Man!
The named notion may have been
A likeness vague and wan;
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
The sun had read a little book
That struck him with a notion:
He drowned himself and all his fires
Deep in a hissing ocean.
"On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
But how you ever took the notion
To paint a picture of the sea
Before you ever saw the ocean,
Is something that surprises me.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott
"A glimmering thought occurs to me
(Its source I can't unearth),
But I've a kind of a notion we
Were cruelly changed at birth.
"General John" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Peace and prosperity henceforth smiled on the chieftain's reign;
And, ere he died, he said, "Behold, I have not ruled in vain.
Down through the future ages shall my Great reform descend.
Australia shall bless my Simple Notion till the end."
"In The First Elective Ministry" by C J Dennis

In news:

NOT long ago, the very notion of an AIDS- free world was one many of us working in the field did not dare dream of.
The late Warren Burnett was the last of his breed: a passionate defender of the little guy—and of the now-radical notion that there's honor in being a trial lawyer.
I expect there are those of you who recoil at the notion of universal health care for people.
WHEN I PENNED The Green Consumer in 1990, I helped advance the notion that we could solve our planet's environmental problems by making good purchasing choices.
One myth I would really love to smash to bits is the notion that only a certain type of person can be successful in business.
Looking to dispel the notion that his company is a one-trick pony, CEO Marc Benioff is looking to offer its software as a service applications well beyond customer relationship management, the foundation of its business.
Her notion of what defines a doll is lovely and unflagging.
The very notion of a Muslim America might seem preposterous, downright laughable, but there are people and forces identifiably working towards that end.
In an age of media saturation and ubiquitous advertising, some schools are trying professional marketing campaigns to sell the notion that 'school is cool.'.
Dan Graham is less known for his humor than for his pieces Homes For America and Rock My Religion, both which depart from clichéd notions of America.
How Spielberg's 'Lincoln' parlays the 'great man' notions of history.
To many, Palm still represents the notion of ease-of-use that enabled the Palm Treo to succeed so well in the market.
It truly embodies the notion of innovation in performance.
Mitt Romney's election strategy depends on the notion that the white vote is separate from the rest of the vote.
Bethany has already spoken to the notion that Romney doesn't really want to kill Big Bird.

In science:

On the algebraic level, the notion of vector bundle is in the classical case related to the notion of section of a vector bundle.
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
In this section we define various notions of definable κ−trees and study the relationship between these notions.
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
Remark 2.3 If G = 0, the notion of generalized vertex algebra reduces to the notion of vertex algebra.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
If G = Z/2Z with (m + Z, n + Z) = mn + Z, the notion of generalized vertex algebra reduces to the notion of vertex superalgebra, noting that c(·, ·) = 1.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
In the final sections a generalized notion of symmetry is introduced, this notion of symmetry use in a essential way the formulation of the YangBaxter equation in terms of action of a S2 graded group.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
The resulting notion turns then out to be equivalent to the notion of linear extension of categories, which we now recall.
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
We recall the notions of BD-triples and continuous parameter in subsection 1.5; see Definition 2.3 for the notion of µ-stable or antistable.
On simple real Lie bialgebras
We will define in this Section a notion of (1)-geometric D-stack, analogous to the notion of algebraic stack (in the sense of Artin).
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
The third notion of smoothness is called fp-smoothness and is the weakest of the three and it seems this is the one which is closer to the smoothness notion referred to in the Derived Deformation Theory program in general.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
We now turn to a new notion which will be essential for the paper, the notion of slow scale nets.
Elliptic regularity and solvability for partial differential equations with Colombeau coefficients
The main goal of this part is to extend the notion of geometric structures to the notion of topos.
Geometric structures on fields
Note that this notion agrees with the usual notion of harmonicity when the manifolds M and N are both non-degenerate.
Harmonic morphisms between degenerate semi-Riemannian manifolds
In §4 we introduce the notions of “split subspaces” and “subspaces satisfying the graph condition” and describe in detail the relationship of these notions with the more general notion of a generalized complex subspace.
Submanifolds of generalized complex manifolds
Let me also introduce the notion of canonical functions in a more general case, because this notion appears later in Proposition 5.
An estimate on the maximum of a nice class of stochastic integrals
In this section, I introduce the main notions and notations I use throughout the paper; among them, I want to discuss in detail the notion of connection on principal bundles.
Holonomy and parallel transport in the differential geometry of the space of loops and the groupoid of generalized gauge transformations