Definition of suggestion
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>
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.
First Known Use of suggestion
SUGGESTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of suggestion for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of suggestion for Students
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 : 1hint 2 <She wore just a suggestion of a smile.>
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 propaganda—Psychological 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>
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 record — Kissic v. Liberty Nat'l Life Ins. Co., 641 So. 2d 250 (1994)>
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