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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Becoming the first toilet paper suggestion on a voice assistant can mean being the first toilet paper purchase. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Turns out, President Siebert took Sheldon's suggestion and never bothered to confirm such a huge internal change with Dr. Fowler herself. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 18 Oct. 2018 Mouna Rashid, owner of Mouna Photography in Franklin, shared tips on how to photograph outdoor portraits and gave location suggestions. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suburban 7: Outdoor photo hacks from a professional photographer," 3 July 2018 One suggestion: Many workers in the U.K. tend to take several days off over the festive period and shelter from the winter weather in front of the box. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "The John Lewis Christmas Ad Is Here. But Is the Bauble Bursting?," 15 Nov. 2018 Find out exactly how to do each move below, plus Kirsch's pro tips on form, rep suggestions, and advice. SELF, "A Quick Core-Burning Workout From Jennifer Lopez's Trainer," 26 Oct. 2018 Among its potential suggestions: open season on walleye, bass and catfish, a permit system for whale-watching and spending millions on habitat restoration. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Draft recommendations for orca recovery include permit system for whale-watching, millions in funding," 24 Oct. 2018 The suggestion that a nonprofit would be able to come up with $7 million dollars ... Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rethinking the modern house museum," 12 Oct. 2018 Our suggestion: Fellowship Court Apartments at Goucher Boulevard and Putty Hill Avenue. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Anne Tyler's latest novel evokes Hamilton. Here are possible real-life stand-ins for locations in 'Clock Dance'," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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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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