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 As recently as Thursday, Bach had been waving away suggestions that the Games should be rescheduled. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "COVID-19 Is a Threat to the 2020 Games. The I.O.C. Is a Threat to the Olympic Project," 24 Mar. 2020 But to formulate concrete suggestions and theories has required a great deal of calculation and position of these theoretical pieces that glue each theory together. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Experiment Weakens String Theory, but Doesn't Disprove It," 23 Mar. 2020 Please send your dilemmas, or suggestions for this column, to Jodi Kantor, New York Times, "Coronavirus Makes Daily Life Confounding. Here Are Some Answers.," 23 Mar. 2020 Any and all column suggestions will actually be taken seriously. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: The IOC needs to do the right thing with the Summer Olympics," 23 Mar. 2020 But Ben Voelkel, a spokesman for Johnson, dismissed this suggestion that the second-term Wisconsin senator sold his share of Pacur because of coronavirus concerns. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson defends Pacur sale amid accusations of insider trading by other GOP senators," 20 Mar. 2020 New emoji suggestions arise every time the global conversation coalesces around a particular topic. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Is It Time for an Elbow Bump Emoji?," 18 Mar. 2020 Here are a couple suggestions about how to stay occupied. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "15 ways to practice self-care in the time of coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020 In fact, do not pressure yourself to respond to any idea or suggestion immediately, but listen to what is being shared., "Horoscope," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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“Suggestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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