suggestion

noun
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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

To further scorch the burger’s name, PETA made the dubious suggestion that the burger could increase risks of cancer in consumers. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "PETA roasts Impossible Burger for rat tests, suggests patties cause cancer," 11 Aug. 2018 My suggestion: every woman needs a classic round hoop in two different sizes. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How to Find the Perfect Gold Hoops," 29 Mar. 2019 My humble suggestion: Instead of knocking down innocent walls in your home to allow for a family-friendly gathering place, try actually using all the rooms in your home. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop With the Open Floor Plans," 28 Feb. 2019 My suggestion: start with the January 2018 episode about the Judd family and see if Coe's style is up your alley. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 Officials appeared dubious about suggestions that unusually hot weather in Switzerland, like other parts of Europe, might have been a main cause of the crash. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Finding cause of Swiss Alps vintage plane crash proves major challenge; 20 killed," 5 Aug. 2018 Stop and have a conversation about this person's suggestion. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 9 July 2018 Any suggestion that humans have an intrinsically violent and aggressive nature tends to get people riled. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 Her implicit argument is that any suggestion of presidential wrongdoing in 2016 is invalid since there is institutional bias against Trump. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Report on FBI brings the 2016 campaign roaring back," 15 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 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.

suggestion

noun
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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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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