notion Definition

  • 1a conception or belief about something
  • 2an impulse or desire, especially one of a whimsical kind

Using notion: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "notion" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a notion that she is lying.

  • Example

    He has no notion of what he wants to do with his life.

  • Example

    The notion of traveling the world excites me.

  • Example

    I had a sudden notion to go for a swim.

notion Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using notion

  • take leave of one's senses/notions

    to become irrational or crazy


    He took leave of his senses when he decided to quit his job without a backup plan.

  • the belief or idea that


    The notion that money can buy happiness is a common misconception.

  • an unrealistic sense of superiority or importance


    His notion of grandeur made it difficult for him to connect with others.

Phrases with notion

  • an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence


    She went into the interview with preconceived notions about the company and its culture.

  • an individual's understanding or perception of the passage of time


    His notion of time was distorted after spending months in isolation.

  • a sudden or fanciful idea that is not based on reason or reality


    She had a whimsical notion to quit her job and become a street artist.

Origins of notion

from Latin 'notio', meaning 'idea'


Summary: notion in Brief

The term 'notion' [ˈnoʊʃən] refers to a belief or idea about something, or an impulse or desire, often of a whimsical nature. It can be used in phrases like 'preconceived notion' and 'notion of time,' and idioms like 'take leave of one's senses/notions,' indicating irrationality, and 'notion of grandeur,' denoting an unrealistic sense of superiority.

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