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Whimsical, full of notions; headstrong, obstinate. So used in the 19th century. More rarely, in the 17th, notionate was a verb meaning to come at by thinking. A notionist (from the 17th century) was one that formed notions (Lamb, in a letter; 1825: such a half-baked notionist as I am), especially odd or crotchety ideas; one that held extravagant religious opinions was a high notionist. Willem Sewel in his HISTORY OF THE QUAKERS (1720) exclaimed upon a high notionist, and rich in words.
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