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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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 But many rank-and-file officers are tired of being asked to be both social workers and enforcers, and top brass are equally critical of such suggestions, arguing that they aren’t equipped to be the front line of this crisis. Julia Wickstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The last-minute election bill on Gov. Newsom’s desk," 7 Feb. 2020 Some of her suggestions include recycling flowers, nixing an RSVP card in lieu of an online response, upcycling decor or working with bartenders who utilize reusable straws and avoid single-use plastics. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Wedding trends 2020: Sustainability, best dogs and elements of the groovy '70s," 6 Feb. 2020 Related coverage Parliamentarians and regulators made a series of suggestions last year to overhaul the structure of the U.K. audit industry, including proposals to force audit companies to separate their audit and nonaudit business. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "U.K. Regulator Plans to Boost Audit, Reporting Reviews," 5 Feb. 2020 Pistor concludes her powerful book with a list of practical policy suggestions. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Big Law’ Makes Big Money," 28 Jan. 2020 But his suggestion that the bottom 50% of income-earners are faring better financially than the top 1% does not hold up to scrutiny. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Trump's State of the Union claimed workers have benefited most. Not quite," 5 Feb. 2020 For pediatrician Lewis Margolis, the suggestion of long-term harm should be enough to bench young players. Nicole Wetsman, Popular Science, "We have no idea how dangerous football really is," 1 Feb. 2020 Dropping a music collab? (That one's my suggestion). Kathryn Lindsay,, "Brad Pitt Would Like To Stay “Blissfully Naïve” When It Comes To Jennifer Aniston," 23 Jan. 2020 Any other suggestions for a random group of ages and interests for a work event after a long day of meetings? The Washington Post, "Happy Hour with Fritz Hahn," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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27 Feb 2020

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“Suggestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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