countersuggestion

noun coun·ter·sug·ges·tion \ ˌkau̇n-tər-səg-ˈjes-chən , -sə-ˈjes- , -ˈjesh- \
variants: or less commonly counter-suggestion
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of countersuggestion

plural countersuggestions also counter-suggestions
1 : an opposing or alternative suggestion
  • The politicians have also hit on the rather cunning counter-suggestion that the political correspondents who write about them, and the newspaper proprietors whose organs criticize them, should also come clean.
  • Punch
2 a psychology : a suggestion made (as by a therapist) to an individual with the intention of getting the individual to say or do the opposite of what is suggested; also : a suggestion that challenges a belief in order to evaluate the strength of the belief by the reaction elicited
b psychology : a method of psychotherapy that uses countersuggestions
c : a suggestion made (as by a hypnotist) to an individual who is under hypnosis in order to cause a change in the individual's thoughts or behavior

First Known Use of countersuggestion

1842


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