sug·​ges·​tion | \ səg-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce suggestion (audio) , 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


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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Recent Examples on the Web

Some great Father’s Day gift suggestions from a downtown department store’s advertisements. Leah Garchik,, "Keeping your sex life vibrant may mean washing the windows," 13 June 2019 The suggestion that Bach may have intended his music to be performed with one singer per part caused a stir when Joshua Rifkin suggested it in 1981 (in Boston, no less), but some scholars have adopted that position since. Globe Staff,, "Bushels of Bach at Boston Early Music Festival," 12 June 2019 After a public vote on seven suggestions, three names are still in the running: Ohlone Middle School, San Jose Middle School and Sofia Mendoza Middle School. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "San Jose Unified set to pick new name for Peter Burnett Middle School," 11 June 2019 Other suggestions floated at the hearing included forbidding any more acquisitions by Facebook and Google, or forcing advertising platforms to share more of their revenue with publishers. CBS News, "Big Tech becomes big punching bag at House hearing on news business," 11 June 2019 Participants will have a chance to share their suggestions, concerns and questions with the project team., "Portland metro Monday traffic: Fleet departures lift bridges during morning commute," 10 June 2019 Her suggestion for addressing that: educational videos and a booklet. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In," 5 June 2019 The 11pm start time was a mere suggestion; KKW and her crew—Kanye, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Alexander Wang—arrived around one in the morning. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "All the Celebrities (Kim, Kanye, Bella, Gigi) Ended Their Night at This After-Party," 7 May 2019 Kenya’s suggestion, made on Feb. 12, to close the camp within six months. Tom Odula, The Seattle Times, "UN document shows Kenya seeking to close Somali refugee camp," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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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


sug·​ges·​tion | \ səg-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce suggestion (audio) , 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.


sug·​ges·​tion | \ sə(g)-ˈjes-chən, -ˈjesh- How to pronounce suggestion (audio) \

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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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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to take the place or position of

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