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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Lemay wanted to prepare her kids for what was to come and thought about teaching them braille, but a specialist had another suggestion. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 21 Sep. 2022 Leaders are not bound by the suggestion, and the U.N. generally lacks enforcement mechanisms to hold countries accountable for their commitments and pledges, like those made to meet the global development goals. Thalia Beaty, ajc, 21 Sep. 2022 The judge was also surprised to hear the attorney general make the suggestion but was skeptical about taking that route, according to Kelley. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 Republicans reject any suggestion of wrongdoing and say their efforts to recruit poll watchers are a way to improve transparency and increase confidence in elections. Alexa Corse, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 The law’s supporters say much of the criticism of the law is based on misinformation, most prominently the suggestion that all murder suspects will be released from county jails on New Year’s Day and that the law will defund the police. Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 Did these experts have any suggestion on how to end the pandemic altogether? Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2022 Back in May, Millie Bobby Brown had a suggestion for the Duffer Brothers. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 7 July 2022 If your yard is tiny, or even just a balcony, Jordan Karambelas has a suggestion for growing food organically: a good-looking aquaponics system that uses recycled water enriched by fish poop to irrigate vegetables planted above. Jeanette Marantosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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suggestio falsi


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23 Sep 2022

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“Suggestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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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



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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