Ideation vs idea

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Ideation is the process of forming an idea or concept. Ideation is a noun, related words are the adjective ideational and the adverb ideationally. Ideation is mostly used as a psychological term. It first appears in 1829 as a combination of the word idea, taken from the Greek word idea meaning form, a kind, sort, and the suffix -ation, used to make a noun out of an action.

An idea is an opinion, concept or notion. An idea is not the same thing as ideation. An idea is a mental thought, ideation is the process of forming that mental thought.


North South University Young Entrepreneur’s Society (NSU YES!) is reputed to be the proud organisers of the nationwide inter-university competition named “Masters of Ideation,” for the fourth time this year. (The Dhaka Tribune)

To assess the effect of victimization on risk for suicidal ideation and suicide attempt, Marie-Claude Geoffroy, PhD, of McGill University, Montreal, and colleagues evaluated a general population sample of children born in Quebec in 1997 through 1998 and followed them until age 15 years. (Healio Psychiatric Annals)

Compared with adults receiving care from general providers only, adults who received care from both types of provider were younger, had higher education, were more likely to have suicidal ideation and functional impairment, and were more likely to reside in a county with more psychiatrists providing patient care. (Psychiatric News)

It provides tips on how to adapt school culture to reduce student self-harm and suicidal ideation. (The Irish Examiner)

In 2004 the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee said there was international concern about the risk of increased suicidal ideation and self-harm among children and adolescents using Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

“I like the whole idea, the whole concept,” Brit Vitalius, president of the Southern Maine Landlord Association. (The Bangor Daily News)

“I think that’s a terrible idea,” Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said on the Senate floor Thursday, dismissing the idea of a vote while President Obama is still in office. (USA Today)