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 One suggestion was to have statute require recusal when a conflict exists. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Illinois legislative inspector continues push for more independence to investigate lawmakers," 14 Apr. 2021 Another suggestion is to actually schedule prayer times into your work calendar. Nadia Ebrahim,, "How Lockdown Helped Me Connect Deeper With Islam," 9 Apr. 2021 The suggestion within the claim that El Chapo gave money to Pelosi is also baseless. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, "Fact check: El Chapo did not testify about Nancy Pelosi — or anything else — at his US trial," 17 Mar. 2021 The sheriff rejected any suggestion the 911 calls were a hoax. Mark Dunphy, San Antonio Express-News, "'We are dying': BCSO says 911 calls report 80 people trapped inside 18-wheeler in Bexar County," 12 Feb. 2021 The president rejected the suggestion of a virtual debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden next Thursday out of safety concerns; the in-person debate later was canceled. Erin Allday,, "Trump’s brush with COVID-19 could have been a teaching opportunity, but it’s become a public health nightmare," 10 Oct. 2020 Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump, rejected the suggestion that Mr. Pence should skip the debate, which will be held at the University of Utah. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, "The Pence-Harris V.P. Debate Now Has Big Consequences," 5 Oct. 2020 And President Obama was a bit concerned about seeing himself on a throne or a horse, but the final portrait avoided any suggestion of royalty. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Thorny Politics of Presidential Portraiture," 5 Apr. 2021 Gallego disputed any suggestion that an affiliation with the Texas A&M System would bolster Sul Ross’s finances. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: Former congressman Pete Gallego feuds with university foundation and state senator," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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The first known use of suggestion was in the 14th century

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20 Apr 2021

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“Suggestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 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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