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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Recent Examples on the Web

Any suggestions for how to get my 84-year-old father to actually talk to me about his financial situation? Nathan Bachrach,, "Do this if you suspect your child is an identity theft victim," 11 July 2018 The soccer team’s ordeal has drawn global attention, with scientists and engineers including Elon Musk offering suggestions and well-wishers offering prayers. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Four Boys Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 The city reports the master planning process has generated over 3,000 public comments, suggestions and ideas. Bill Banks, ajc, "Draft master plan for the old UMCH property gets June 27 unveiling," 26 June 2018 Everyone’s ideas and suggestions are considered as options to reach the goal. Fortune, "Southern Ohio Medical Center," 26 June 2018 Those suggestions, and recent reports that Spotify has been pursuing deals with independent artists, have been met with an angry response from the major labels. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Spotify, Nodding to Broader Ambitions, Hires Chief Content Officer," 26 June 2018 Bosma, of Indianapolis, also bristled at the suggestion that lawmakers aren't doing enough. Aileen Chuang, The Christian Science Monitor, "Indiana schools take lead on safety after gun violence," 18 June 2018 As a woman of a certain age (35) who is hoping to have children, I’m flooded with information, suggestions and unsolicited advice about what motherhood (in the biological sense) might look like for me. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "The pros and cons of being an older dad," 17 June 2018 The park district received more than 2,000 email and in-person suggestions on park amenities, McGury said. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Park Board OKs plans for ambitious Southwest Community Park, with first phase open by 2020," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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Phrases Related to suggestion

at/on someone's suggestion

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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