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a vague idea/notion
▪ The students only had a vague idea of what they were supposed to do.
dismiss a notionformal (= idea)
▪ The Minister dismissed the notion that he had cut petrol tax because of the forthcoming by-election.
romantic notion/view/idea etc
▪ romantic notions about becoming a famous actress
▪ Like many New Yorkers, he had a romantic image of country life.
▪ In general terms, notions of selfhood came under review.
▪ Like the Confucians, the Taoists reinterpreted for their own use the general notions of yin, yang, and tao.
▪ But I'd had my suspicions and didn't share his romantic notion of a farewell from anonymous royalty.
▪ Of course, it takes a lot more than a romantic notion to open and sustain a successful restaurant.
▪ De Gaulle's romantic notions were balanced by a harsh realism.
▪ It is a gut-level response, based on romantic notions about college sports.
▪ His romantic notions of Oscar Wilde are fully acted out while he stays in this condition.
▪ That romantic notion held sway over me, and probably delayed my perception of Clarisa as some one with a medical problem.
▪ There is, however, a refusal of the Romantic notion of an ultimate resolution of culture.
▪ However, there is the problem of the romantic notion of pure art devoid of social responsibility.
▪ Therefore many traditional notions about rural decline have to be modified to take account of the remarkable turn-around in demographic trends.
▪ This new age of anonymity and adopted identity portends great impact on our traditional notions of discourse and protected speech.
▪ On the substance of a Bill of Rights: yours goes further than traditional notions.
▪ It is hard to discard traditional notions of what young people need to succeed in the economy.
▪ Is it time, therefore, to abandon the traditional notion of ownership by, and accountability to, shareholders alone?
▪ Woman-centred psychology is affected by the traditional psychological notion that women's femininity rests on their bodies.
▪ Recently the life habits of the giants have been looked at in a way that disproves most of these traditional notions.
▪ It's a vague enough notion, that something unauthorized was then loaded under cover of the dark.
▪ Most of us maintain vague notions of justice, but its precise meaning escapes us until we are deprived of it.
▪ She had no paper qualifications, no special skills and only a vague notion that she wanted to work with children.
▪ He must have harbored the vague notion that I could reassure him.
▪ In which case a researcher's task is to translate this rather abstract and vague notion into some operational form.
▪ Gradually vague notions of a career in journalism were forming in my head.
▪ He finds himself evaluated by the correspondingly vague notion of competence.
▪ At least the first time, she'd only a vague notion of what might lie ahead.
▪ Not only is space one, but the very notion that there might be different, unconnected, spaces is really unintelligible.
▪ Furthermore, the very notion of self-determination implies the need to exclude any outside pressure on a country.
▪ They intrude into our personal relationships, govern our patterns of consumption, inform our very notion of human worth.
▪ The very notion, however, ran counter to the sodden, melancholy, and yet enduring spirit of the Reach.
▪ A hint she had been blind to because the very notion of suicide was so antithetical to her own nature.
▪ Indeed, the very notion of student access implies curricular foundations.
▪ Steiner's ludicrous generalizations stem inpart from the very notion of defining cultures and history in terms of a sensibility.
▪ I shall suggest that there is a sense in which the very notion of a homosexual sensibility is a contradiction in terms.
▪ The whole plastic notion of a pop star begins to ring the bells of truth.
▪ But what about the whole notion of for ever?
▪ Now the company is taking the whole notion one step further, embracing Internet technology both internally and for its client services.
▪ But in classrooms and schools that start with student interest, the whole notion of coverage changes.
▪ Moreover the whole notion of testing employees is an invasion of privacy.
▪ That turns the whole notion of authority, and accountability, on its head.
▪ Such an approach can bring the whole notion of assessment into disrepute, as well as misunderstand particular individuals.
▪ To him, the whole notion would have been cruel, to turn such matters over to the rank and file.
▪ Dalzell, however, simply did not accept this notion, at least not in a federal habeas hearing.
▪ Even some former skeptics said that probably 95 percent of experts now accept the notion.
▪ The Mass-Observation reports of 1942 and 1944 indicate one group of well informed people who accepted this notion of intelligence.
▪ Burke will not accept the notion that taste is some separate faculty of the mind, some sixth, intuitive sense.
▪ The household All present housing policy is based on the notion of the household.
▪ It is based on the notion that a physically powerful person is likely to be a dummy.
▪ The approach was based on notions of co-ordination and co-operation.
▪ It is a gut-level response, based on romantic notions about college sports.
▪ This omission, which now seems curious, was based upon the conventional notion of the organism as respondent.
▪ But such objections are based on a distorted notion of organizational success and how it is achieved.
▪ The claim is based presumably on the notion that the new charging system will be simpler.
▪ In general, the hierarchy of prestige based on notions of ritual purity was mirrored by the hierarchy of power.
▪ From time to time evidence appears which challenges received notions of the truth.
▪ Advanced computers are even beginning to challenge long-held notions about intelligence and thought.
▪ This finding challenges the notion that carbohydrate malabsorption is uncommon in patients with chronic pancreatitis.
▪ Beyond these formal structures, the folks at Thayer challenge yet one more notion that often shapes the structures of schooling.
▪ Anti-debt campaigners in the South are urging their counterparts in the North to challenge the official notion of poverty reduction.
▪ But lately some researchers are challenging the notion that memory loss is inevitable.
▪ Here he challenges the notion that practice is activity and not thought.
▪ Some challenge the notion of corporate culture as the primary culprit.
▪ Novick dismisses this notion without difficulty: the plan was considered, and found to be impractical.
▪ There are some who dismiss the notion that results from the East will have much effect on California.
▪ Regretfully, Gwendolen dismissed the notion.
▪ Horton dismisses any notion that his students are being bribed to stay in school.
▪ After initially reading the manuscript, David Kaczynski said he dismissed the notion that his brother was the Unabomber.
▪ Florin dismissed any notion of martial law-like conditions prevailing.
▪ Such accounts dismiss any notion of reproduction and treat consumption as wholly, as opposed to relatively, autonomous.
▪ On 18 January 1956 the Committee's Joint Declaration rejected the notion that integration should be confined to only six countries.
▪ First, he rejected the notion that males were indispensable to the rearing of young.
▪ And we reject Labour's job-destroying notion of a national minimum wage.
▪ The group approach explicitly rejects the notion that a small elite dominates the resource allocation process.
▪ But she rejected the notion as he leaned back against the cushions and took a quick swig of his brandy.
▪ For a moment I considered, but immediately rejected, the notion of leaving Hsu Fu or calling off the expedition.
▪ It usually rejects the notion of a social system.
▪ But Gilligan does not, in fact, reject the notion of a rights-based morality.
▪ Sadly, there seems little reason to support the notion.
▪ More support for that notion came in a separate report today from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank.
▪ Indeed, the decoration of these mosaics exhibits a consistency which supports such a notion.
▪ Clinton said the underlying logic supports the notion that presidents are at least entitled to a temporary deferral of private litigation.
▪ This observation supports the notion that early, careful attention to the patient's psychosocial concerns is effective and has lasting benefit.
▪ Sales of chess software would tend to support that notion.
▪ The holding of regular consultative meetings between heads of parliaments was supported as a compromise notion.
▪ Humans still hold on to the absurd notion that we are the only intelligent beings in the Universe.
▪ Many widely-held notions about crime have come from the cinema, magazines, or novels.
▪ Modern society does not always correspond to classical notions of democracy.
▪ A decade ago, even the notion of Phoenix as big-time was laughable.
▪ An analogy can be drawn with the notion of mutations in genetics.
▪ Even some former skeptics said that probably 95 percent of experts now accept the notion.
▪ Home is a notion that only the nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.
▪ In the post-war period some democratic elitists detected a major flaw in this notion of bureaucratic rationality.
▪ The heart of the legal notion of partnership consists in the mutual trust and confidence of the participants.
▪ Though Centralism comes in many guises and applications, the basic notions that fuel it are remarkably consistent-as are the results.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

    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.

    A perverse will easily collects together a system of notions to justify itself in its obliquity.
    --J. H. Newman.

  3. Sense; mind. [Obs.]

  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.]

  6. Miscellaneous small objects; sundries; -- usually referring to articles displayed together for sale.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Latin notionem (nominative notio) "concept, conception, idea, notice," noun of action from past participle stem of noscere "come to know" (see know). Coined by Cicero as a loan-translation of Greek ennoia "act of thinking, notion, conception," or prolepsis "previous notion, previous conception."


n. 1 mental apprehension of whatever may be known, think, or imagined; idea, concept. 2 A sentiment; an opinion.

  1. n. 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" [syn: impression, feeling, belief, opinion]

  2. a general inclusive concept

  3. 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" [syn: whim, whimsy, whimsey]

  4. (usually plural) small personal articles or clothing or sewing items; "buttons and needles are notions"


Notion may refer to:

  • Notion (ancient city), a Greek city-state on the west coast of Anatolia
  • Notion (philosophy), a reflection in the mind of real objects and phenomena in their essential features and relations
  • Notions (sewing), small articles used in sewing and haberdashery
  • Notion (software), music composition and performance computer program
  • "Notion" (song), a 2008 song by Kings of Leon
  • Notions (Winchester College), the Winchester slang
  • Notions, the rules of conduct among Russian prison inmates in the old Soviet Union
Notion (philosophy)

A notion in philosophy is a reflection in the mind of real objects and phenomena in their essential features and relations. Notions are usually described in terms of scope and content. This is because notions are often created in response to empirical observations (or experiments) of covarying trends among variables.

Notion (software)

NOTION is a computer software program for music composition and performance created by NOTION Music, a company located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Created for use on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS, NOTION's sample library for playback was recorded at Abbey Road by the London Symphony Orchestra. NOTION Music also offers other programs with names written in all caps, including PROTEGE (similar to NOTION with limited functionality), PROGRESSION (a composition program oriented to guitarists), and NOTION Conducting (for Conducting classes).

Notion (song)

"Notion" is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon. The song was released as the fourth single (fifth in Australia) from their album, Only by the Night, on June 29, 2009. The song reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for one week in of September 2009.

Notion (magazine)

NOTION is a newsstand music magazine and fashion magazine published quarterly in the United Kingdom. Its editor-in-chief is Billy Hussein, who founded the magazine in 2004.

Notion (ancient city)

Notion or Notium ( Ancient Greek , 'southern') was a Greek city-state on the west coast of Anatolia; it is about south of Izmir in modern Turkey, on the Gulf of Kuşadası. Notion was located on a hill from which the sea was visible; it served as a port for nearby Colophon and Claros, and pilgrims frequently passed through on their way to the oracle of Apollo at Claros. There are still remains of the defense walls, necropolis, temple, agora, and theater. The ruins of the city are now found east of the modern town Ahmetbeyli in the Menderes district of Izmir Province, Turkey.

The earliest reference to Notion is in Herodotus, who includes it among the cities of Aeolis (of which it is the southernmost): "Kyme, which is called Phriconis, Larisai, Neon-teichos, Temnos, Killa, Notion, Aigiroëssa, Pitane, Aigaiai, Myrina, Grynei" (I:149). Its proximity to the Ionian city of Colophon needs explanation; we may "suppose either that the Ionian settlers negotiated their rights of passage up to their inland site or more probably that they reached it originally up one of the other river valleys." Robin Lane Fox, discussing the early rivalry between the cities, writes:

Relations between Colophon and nearby Notion were never easy and their bitter rivalry may help to explain the story of a quarrel between the two prophets at Claros. The Aeolian Greeks at Notion had a special relationship with Aeolian Mopsus, but the Ionian Greeks at Colophon had a special relationship with Calchas. It was, then, particularly appealing for the Aeolian controllers of Claros to claim that Mopsus had outwitted Calchas and caused his death on the site.

H. W. Parke suggests that in the seventh century BC "Claros was in the control of Notion, which must have remained a small Aeolian town dominated by its more powerful inland neighbour [Colophon], but also protected by it against the threat of Lydia. Notion itself was not big enough to send out colonies on its own." Persia conquered Colophon and Notion in the mid-sixth century BC, but they were liberated in the Greco–Persian Wars and joined the Delian League separately (Colophon paying three talents a year, the smaller Notion only a third of a talent).

During the first years of the Peloponnesian War, Notion was split into factions, one of which called in mercenaries under Persian command; the Athenian admiral Paches ruthlessly restored the pro-Athenian faction to power, "and settlers were afterwards sent out from Athens, and the place colonized according to Athenian laws" ( Thucydides III:34). Thereafter it served as an Athenian base. In 406 BC it was the site of the Spartan victory at the Battle of Notium. By the late fourth century BC it was joined in a sympoliteia (federal league) with Colophon and "by the Roman period the name of Notion dropped out of use completely."

Usage examples of "notion".

These degenerate Romans continued to serve the empire, whose allegiance they had renounced, by introducing among their conquerors the first notions of agriculture, the useful arts, and the conveniences of civilized life.

The last of these battles was then a recent event, it having actually been fought within the recollection of our heroine, whose notions of it, however, were so confused that she scarcely appreciated the effect her allusion might produce on her companion.

Insofar as they were for anything, it was an anarchic notion of popular government, always armed to impose the will of the people on its mandatories.

And how utterly fallacious the stereotyped notion that the teachings of Anarchism, or certain exponents of these teachings, are responsible for the acts of political violence.

To have been the presiding genius of my own clinic and to have watched my procession of patients, some of them aporetics for a certainty, but many others who improved under my care and gave weight to my Paracelsian notion of the healing art, that was anything but trivial.

So strong is the apperceiving force of familiar notions that they drag far-distant scenes in geography and history into the home neighborhood and locate them there.

By condensing the content of observation and thinking into concepts and rules, or general experiences and principles, or ideals and general notions, apperception produces connection and order in our knowledge and volition.

The notion of Brother John was, that, having resolved to marry the maiden, he had naturally gone home to apprize his parents and to make the necessary preparations.

All three were imbued with this notion, that our appeal to arms not having yet been placarded, the different incidents of the Boulevarde du Temple and of the Cafe Bonvalet having brought about no results, none of our decrees, owing to the repressive measures of Bonaparte, having yet succeeded in appearing, while the events at the Mairie of the Tenth Arrondissement began to be spread abroad through Paris, it seemed as though the Right had commenced active resistance before the Left.

That I may convey some notion to the minds of others of the nature of these works, I will describe the aspect which they presented to myself, as I rode from Anglet towards the city.

This notion of anthropological exodus is still very ambiguous, however, because its methods, hybridization and mutation, are themselves the very methods employed by imperial sovereignty.

The notion of antisepsis had stayed with them through the lost centuries, and they used alcohol as an antiseptic and boiled the bandages and instruments.

He had little notion of what a magician was about, in spite of the night spent with Kulgan weeks ago, but he readily knew what Craftmasters were like, and none would have thought to inquire whether or not an apprentice agreed with his plans.

They had been scolded for this notion by Father Duplessis at Fort Bannerman and by Father Wentzel at the mountain camp, and before the end of the summer the spirits of the tribe had risen, and most believed that the danger had passed.

He explained his reason for being on Barchan, his notions of taxonomy, and his observations of the Shellbacks.