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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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 By midafternoon, Trump returned to Twitter in an apparent effort to walk back his suggestion. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Trump backs down from election delay but warns of 'crooked' vote," 30 July 2020 Pro-democracy figures have denounced any suggestion of postponing the election. James Griffiths, CNN, "Four Hong Kong student activists arrested for 'secession' over social media posts," 29 July 2020 Karla: If your new CEO is looking to streamline, my first suggestion would be to take a hard look at the apparent redundancy in your middle-management structure. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, "Back at work, but facing a 25 percent pay cut," 9 July 2020 For states across the country struggling with charges of voter suppression and partisan wrangling over who gets to vote and how, Secretary of State Alex Padilla has a suggestion: Be more like California. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "California’s elections boss: State’s voting changes are model for the country," 19 June 2020 After practice, instead of taking a nap -- his mother’s suggestion -- McCall convinced his parents to take him to the hospital. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "From health scare to helping others: HP grad survives stroke, continues camp for West Dallas kids," 13 June 2020 The Pentagon did a review and found that any suggestion of misconduct was unfounded. Robert Burns And Lolita C. Baldor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pentagon leaders to testify on use of military during unrest," 9 July 2020 Crumpacker bristles at the suggestion that chimps have been brought in too quickly. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, "Sanctuary for retired lab chimps embroiled in dispute over quality of its care," 8 July 2020 His suggestion: nonwoven fabrics, such as car shop towels. Washington Post, "The inventor of N95 masks had retired. But he now works 20 hours a day, mos...," 7 July 2020

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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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5 Aug 2020

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“Suggestion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suggestion. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for suggestion

suggestion

noun
How to pronounce suggestion (audio)

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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