suggestion

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

Definition of suggestion

1a : the act or process of suggesting
b : something suggested
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 : a slight indication : trace a suggestion of a smile

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Synonyms for suggestion

Synonyms

clue, cue, hint, indication, inkling, intimation, lead

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Examples of suggestion in a Sentence

Do you have any suggestions? Please send comments and suggestions to our post office box. I have a suggestion: call the store and ask them about it. I'd like to offer a suggestion. I reject his suggestion that we shouldn't have helped them. trying to influence people's thoughts by using suggestion The director relies on the power of suggestion rather than explicitly showing the murder.
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Amazon reportedly plans to start selling software that can read medical records and make suggestions for improving treatment or saving money, according to The Wall Street Journal. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Amazon will reportedly sell software that reads medical records," 27 Nov. 2018 In the United States, women appear to be the leaders of the polyamory movement, and many therapists and other experts report women are often the ones making the suggestion to open up their marriages or explore consensual non-monogamy, experts say. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018 General Selva made the suggestions at an event hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Wants to Use Commercial Satellites to Defend Against Hypersonic Weapons," 16 Aug. 2018 My Facebook friends also made some worthwhile suggestions. Washington Post, "When you’re aging alone, who will take care of you if you get sick?," 9 July 2018 Coddington makes this suggestion: After lighting piles of charcoal, put the lid on the grill and mostly close the bottom vent. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 In the days after the Santa Fe massacre Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant-governor of Texas, made two suggestions. The Economist, "Can school design help prevent school shootings?," 28 June 2018 Safe Haven is expected to make suggestions for what physical upgrades and changes in procedures may be needed. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "School Board wants to ensure all campus crimes are reported," 12 June 2018 The company has an open-door policy and an anonymous feedback process that allows team members to make suggestions for improvement. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Small Companies," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of suggestion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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suggestion

noun

English Language Learners 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

suggestion

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

Kids Definition of suggestion

1 : a thought or plan that is offered or proposed I have a suggestion. Let's get pizza.
2 : the act or process of putting a thought in someone's mind At his suggestion we left.
3 : hint entry 1 sense 2 She wore just a suggestion of a smile.

suggestion

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

Medical Definition of suggestion

1a : the act or process of impressing something (as an idea, attitude, or desired action) upon the mind of another suggestion in response to propagandaPsychological Abstracts
b : the process by which a physical or mental state is influenced by a thought or idea the power of suggestion
2 : something impressed upon the mind by suggestion the posthypnotic carrying out of suggestions held in the unconscious— G. S. Blum

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suggestion

noun
sug·​ges·​tion

Legal Definition of suggestion

1a : the act or process of suggesting
b : something suggested
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 recordKissic v. Liberty Nat'l Life Ins. Co., 641 So. 2d 250 (1994)

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