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


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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This suggestion, of course, only spurs him to remain. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti' chronicles Gauguin’s desire to see a new way," 13 July 2018 Notably the suggestion that firefighters spray water from the outside like the old timers did to knock down flames before going in. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 Congress has not acted on Mr Kavanaugh’s suggestions, and nowhere has the nominee indicated that courts could step in to save presidents from indictment. The Economist, "Brett Kavanaugh could shape the law for the next 40 years," 12 July 2018 The sharks are so numerous, so hungry, that the mere suggestion of a seal draws them in. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "Susan Casey on Seeing Her First Great White Shark," 11 July 2018 His vengeance carries always the suggestion that it’s divinely inspired. Steve Pinkerton, Houston Chronicle, "Why Americans are fascinated by gunfighting preachers," 7 July 2018 The suggestion, which currently has more than 67,000 replies and sparked many, many more, instantly expanded the movement that was founded by the activist and community organizer Tarana Burke more than a decade ago. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Is #MeToo Too Big?," 4 July 2018 Pompeo sought to dispel suggestions that the Trump administration has backed down from demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons. NBC News, "Pompeo shrugs off North Korea's 'gangster' comment, claims progress," 8 July 2018 Despite its similarities to other mass graves, the Halberstadt site is distinctive for its suggestion that LBK mass execution, previously discussed but never verified, occurred as an essential aspect of intergroup warfare. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "7,000-Year-Old German Grave Shows New Side of Neolithic Brutality," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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at/on someone's suggestion

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11 Sep 2018

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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 , 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- \

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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