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

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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 Vegas captain Mark Stone quickly shot down any suggestion that the Golden Knights have been stunned by the results of the past two games. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 District Attorney Marian Ryan has defended the investigation and rejected any suggestion that her office neglected the case because Mikayla was Black and a member of the LGBTQIA community. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 19 May 2021 Sister Aletheia rejects any suggestion that the practice is morbid. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Many people laugh at the idea if there’s any suggestion that women players should be paid the same for playing in the Women’s Super League as men in the Premier League. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 6 May 2021 All the while, folks like Sen. Chris Coons — a staunch Biden ally — are resisting any suggestion to annihilate the filibuster, a procedural hurdle that would let either party run the table on all legislation with just 50 votes. Philip Elliott, Time, 4 May 2021 But when pressed on Sunday about whether Trump’s falsehoods were the cause of Republican efforts to pass restrictive new voting laws in dozens of states, Cheney disputed the suggestion. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 But when pressed on Sunday about whether Trump's falsehoods were the cause of Republican efforts to pass restrictive new voting laws in dozens of states, Cheney disputed the suggestion. BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2021 The suggestion was made by Hinch, pitching coach Chris Fetter and assistant pitching coach Juan Nieves. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 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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7 Jun 2021

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“Suggestion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suggestion. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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