This is my first post ever. I am currently working hard on expending my English vocabulary as well as my spelling abilities.
There is a word that is causing me trouble at this time. The word is notion.
I would like to know what is the distinction between the following words:
- and conception
Some people say notion means a loose concept or a loose idea. I mainly use the Oxford dictionary.Here are some definitions and examples from the oxford dictionary of English.
Origin: Late Middle English: from Latin notio(n-) 'idea', from notus 'known', past participle of noscere.
There are 3 definition for notion;nevertheless, I am concerned with merely one of them.
def1: (noun) conception of or belief about something: children have different notions about the roles of their parents. I had no notion of what her words meant.
for the above example, I feel that I could say: I had no idea of what her words meant. The meaning would be the same, right?
example 1: Though the concept of beauty is timeless, notions of what constitutes the perfect physical form have changed over time.
I feel that I don't understand the use of "notion" in this sentence.
example 2: There are different notions of what public opinion is.
This could be replaced with 'idea' or 'belief' or 'conception' right ?
example 3: Chinese people seem to have more affection for, and put more belief in, Western notions and practices.
This looks like an example I would use. I feel that I would have replaced notions with concepts or ideas.
Here are definition of the other words I am comparing notions to.
Merriam Webster definition for conception is "an idea or opinion"
- an individual's conception or impression of something known, experienced, or imagined
- an inclusive general concept
- a theory or belief held by a person or group
So opinion and impression is part of the merriam webster's definition.
The contexts in which I will use this word, I think is for everyday talk. I do work a customer service job where I troubleshoot mobile phones. I do want to write sociology and philosophy papers.