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suggestive

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adjective sug·ges·tive \səg-ˈjes-tiv, sə-ˈjes-\

Simple Definition of suggestive

  • : bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind

  • : showing or seeming to show something

  • : causing or tending to cause sexual feelings or excitement

Full Definition of suggestive

  1. 1a :  giving a suggestion :  indicative <suggestive of a past era>b :  full of suggestions :  stimulating thought <provided a suggestive…commentary on the era — Lloyd Morris>c :  stirring mental associations :  evocative

  2. 2 :  suggesting or tending to suggest something improper or indecent :  risqué

sug·ges·tive·ly adverb
sug·ges·tive·ness noun

Examples of suggestive

  1. <making unwelcome suggestive remarks to a subordinate will be regarded as sexual harassment>

  2. <a haunting and suggestive song about a long-lost love>



1631

First Known Use of suggestive

1631

Rhymes with suggestive


SUGGESTIVE Defined for Kids

suggestive

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adjective sug·ges·tive \səg-ˈje-stiv, sə-ˈje-\

Definition of suggestive

  1. 1 :  giving a hint <The furniture is suggestive of the past.>

  2. 2 :  full of suggestions <I read a suggestive book about decorating.>

  3. 3 :  suggesting something improper or indecent




Medical Dictionary

suggestive

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adjective sug·ges·tive \sə(g)-ˈjes-tiv\

Medical Definition of suggestive

  1. 1:  serving to indicate <a butterfly-shaped red rash…is highly suggestive of the disease—S. E. Goldfinger et al>

  2. 2:  tending to act like or have the effect of suggestion





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