suggestion

noun
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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Synonyms for suggestion

Synonyms

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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South Korea has summoned a Japanese Embassy official to protest Abe’s suggestion that it could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea. Washington Post, "SKorean leader denounces Japanese comments over sanctions," 10 July 2019 The latter suggestion is a point of contention with Hogsett, a Democrat, whose office and campaign told IndyStar that state law does not permit city officials to inspect rental properties. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Jim Merritt and Joe Hogsett say each other's to blame for renters' nightmares in Indianapolis," 3 July 2019 After rejecting Carroll’s suggestions of handbags and hats, Trump decided on lingerie. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: I loved Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll in 2000, and I love her now," 26 June 2019 Here are a few suggestions for kid-friendly activities at the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly Grand Canyon: Here are the 6 best activities for families at the South Rim," 26 June 2019 The suggestion is that not all videos are created equal — not all videos are owed the same treatment and visibility. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Why Washington regulators and lawmakers are turning their attention to YouTube," 20 June 2019 Part of the goal of this exercise is to see whether Epictetus’s suggestions hold true to your experience. Massimo Pigliucci, Quartz, "This simple philosophy can calm your inner control freak," 17 June 2019 Patricia’s suggestion was made partly out of self-preservation. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "No Hard Knocks for Detroit Lions: Raiders picked for HBO series," 6 June 2019 Trump’s suggestion is based on a false premise, however. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Trump dismisses the economic impact of climate change — except at his golf course," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of suggestion

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

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suggestion

noun

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

suggestion

noun
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.

suggestion

noun
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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suggestion

noun
sug·​ges·​tion

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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