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noun sug·ges·tion \səg-ˈjes-chən, sə-ˈjes-, -ˈjesh-\

Simple Definition of suggestion

  • : an idea about what someone should do or how someone should behave

  • : something that is said in an indirect way

  • : an action, quality, appearance, etc., that seems to indicate the presence or existence of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of suggestion

  1. 1a :  the act or process of suggestingb :  something suggested

  2. 2a :  the process by which a physical or mental state is influenced by a thought or idea <the power of suggestion>b :  the process by which one thought leads to another especially through association of ideas

  3. 3 :  a slight indication :  trace <a suggestion of a smile>

Examples of suggestion in a sentence

  1. Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Please send comments and suggestions to our post office box.

  3. I have a suggestion: call the store and ask them about it.

  4. I'd like to offer a suggestion.

  5. I reject his suggestion that we shouldn't have helped them.

  6. trying to influence people's thoughts by using suggestion

  7. The director relies on the power of suggestion rather than explicitly showing the murder.

14th Century

First Known Use of suggestion

14th century

SUGGESTION Defined for Kids


noun sug·ges·tion \səg-ˈjes-chən, sə-ˈjes-\

Definition of suggestion for Students

  1. 1 :  a thought or plan that is offered or proposed <I have a suggestion. Let's get pizza.>

  2. 2 :  the act or process of putting a thought in someone's mind <At his suggestion we left.>

  3. 3 :  1hint 2 <She wore just a suggestion of a smile.>

Medical Dictionary


noun sug·ges·tion \sə(g)-ˈjes-chən, -ˈjesh-\

Medical Definition of suggestion

  1. 1a:  the act or process of impressing something (as an idea, attitude, or desired action) upon the mind of another <suggestion in response to propaganda—Psychological Abstracts>b:  the process by which a physical or mental state is influenced by a thought or idea <the power of suggestion>

  2. 2:  something impressed upon the mind by suggestion <the posthypnotic carrying out of suggestions held in the unconscious—G. S. Blum>

Law Dictionary


noun sug·ges·tion

Legal Definition of suggestion

  1. 1a :  the act or process of suggesting b :  something suggested

  2. 2 :  an entry on the record of a fact or circumstance (as the death or insolvency of a party) material to a case and essential for the court in making its determination <reference to a party's death in a pleading was not the equivalent of a formal suggestion of death on the record — Kissic v. Liberty Nat'l Life Ins. Co., 641 So. 2d 250 (1994)>

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