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Gin was just a flickering idea, the way some journos muse about writing novels.

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As a means to help their patients talk about sexual freedom and risk-taking, sex therapists were using the idea of getting out of a physical comfort zone in the outdoors.

Bernard Azevedo, the terminated CPUC auditor who first alleged that $200 million was outstanding, said in an interview that he has been worried all along that the CPUC has little idea of what it is owed.

Finally, because lab testing reflects only a narrow percentage of real-life crashes, we have little idea about how realistic it is.

What’s particularly puzzling about Roy’s comments is this idea that mentioning Wright’s diagnosis is somehow partisan.

We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.

The use of slurs from both characters makes it clear just how “new” the idea of an openly gay son is even in this time.

I like the idea of Jon Hamm… There have been discussions—though I'm not sure how serious they've been.

But at the heart of this “Truther” conspiracy theory is the idea that “someone” wants to destroy Bill Cosby.

“The US cannot tolerate the idea of any rival economic entity,” Stone writes.

If you have any thoughts of influencing me or my men to join the regular Confederate army, you may as well give up the idea.

His idea was that there would be ample time later to order a concentration on either wing or on the centre.

I cannot reconcile the idea of a tender Heavenly Father with the known horrors of war, slavery, pestilence, and insanity.

While Benjy sat contemplating this creature, and wondering what was to be the end of it all, a bright idea occurred to him.

This was such a ridiculous idea that Davy threw back his head, and laughed long and loud.


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The noun idea, although it may refer to thoughts of any degree of seriousness or triviality, is commonly used for mental concepts considered more important or elaborate: We pondered the idea of the fourth dimension. The idea of his arrival frightened me. Thought, which reflects its primary emphasis on the mental process, may denote any concept except the more weighty and elaborate ones: I welcomed his thoughts on the subject. A thought came to him. Conception suggests a thought that seems complete, individual, recent, or somewhat intricate: The architect’s conception delighted them. Notion suggests a fleeting, vague, or imperfect thought: a bare notion of how to proceed.

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On this page you'll find 141 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to idea, such as: belief, concept, conception, conclusion, design, and feeling.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.