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Definition of Idea


  1. The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object, that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual.
  2. A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.
  3. Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of, by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real object that is conceived or thought of.
  4. A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.
  5. A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.
  6. A rational conception; the complete conception of an object when thought of in all its essential elements or constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract.
  7. A fiction object or picture created by the imagination; the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the Deity.
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Idea Translations

idea in Afrikaans is idee, opvatting
idea in Dutch is idee, benul, begrip, denkbeeld
idea in Finnish is aate
idea in German is Idee, Begriff, Meinung, Plan, Idee
idea in Italian is nozione, idea, idea, pensiero
idea in Latin is informatio
idea in Norwegian is tanke, hensikt, ide
idea in Spanish is concepto, idea