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 Even the suggestion of charges against a family member, however, could be enough to change a resistant defendant's mind, said Brian E. Klein, a criminal defense attorney. Kara Scannell, CNN, 9 July 2021 Another suggestion is to change the eligibility criteria to allow people with prior arrests and convictions to serve on the panel and create an application process for people to join rather than be appointed. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2021 That suggestion, Azizi said, appeared to be part of Iranian efforts to build bilateral ties with other countries in the region, including US allies like Saudi Arabia, independently of the United States., 21 June 2021 Democrats pushed back on that suggestion, saying the erosion of support for the filibuster on their side stemmed from the abuse of the rule by Republicans. New York Times, 6 June 2021 But that suggestion was rebuffed by Baltimore Circuit Judge Charles J. Peters, who said judges couldn’t be perceived to be working for the mayor. Emily Opilo,, 12 May 2021 The committee’s executive secretary, CDC scientist Amanda Cohen, appeared to try to steer the committee toward lifting the pause for certain subsets of the population, but the group sidestepped that suggestion. Helen Branswell, STAT, 18 Apr. 2021 State and federal regulators are working on that suggestion now, DeSilva said. Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021 But the pharmaceutical giant has shown no signs of heeding that suggestion, which may not be possible because of its obligations to the federal government amid an ongoing national vaccine shortage. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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13 Jul 2021

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“Suggestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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