sug·​ges·​tive | \ səg-ˈje-stiv How to pronounce suggestive (audio) , sə-ˈje-\

Definition of suggestive

1a : giving a suggestion : indicative suggestive of a past era
b : full of suggestions : stimulating thought provided a suggestive … commentary on the era— Lloyd Morris
c : stirring mental associations : evocative
2 : suggesting or tending to suggest something improper or indecent : risqué

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Other Words from suggestive

suggestively adverb
suggestiveness noun

Synonyms for suggestive


bawdy, blue, gamy (or gamey), lewd, off, off-color (or off-colored), racy, ribald, risqué, salty, spicy

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Examples of suggestive in a Sentence

making unwelcome suggestive remarks to a subordinate will be regarded as sexual harassment a haunting and suggestive song about a long-lost love

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In an Instagram post this weekend, Jenner shared a photo taken with her partner, Scott, along with an extremely suggestive caption. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Casually Teased a Second Pregnancy & Fans Are Freaking Out," 3 Feb. 2019 Trump administration officials have described this as evidence of systemic fraud in the asylum system, despite suggestive evidence that many families are trying to complete their asylum cases and simply falling through the cracks. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump is officially turning back asylum seekers who come to the US through Mexico," 20 Dec. 2018 However slim, there's at least a small chance that 2022 will bring jarringly suggestive evidence that 'Oumuamua is an artificial relic. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Nailing down the nature of ‘Oumuamua—it’s probably a comet, but…," 29 Nov. 2018 Show Dogs’ No stars Rated PG for suggestive and rude humor, language and some action. Peter Hartlaub, kansascity, "‘Show Dogs’ cop/canine caper is a laugh-free loser | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 While that’s a big change, and suggestive of the hit all small-caps have taken, the fund still outpaces large- and small-cap stocks alike, as well as the small-cap growth category of funds tracked by Morningstar. WSJ, "A Reality Check for Small-Stock Investors," 4 Nov. 2018 The photos featured plus-size women, posed in the same nude, suggestive way as Kim (and her perfume bottle). Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018 That’s fascinating, and might be suggestive of where our priorities should lie in other democratic reforms. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Study: election reforms in Brazil might have saved children’s lives. Here’s how.," 3 Dec. 2018 Its mode is more suggestive, directing a loving gaze at the strangely harmonious cacophony that has taken hold where traditional modes of support have failed. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Shoplifters Is One of 2018’s Most Stunning Films," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of suggestive

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of suggestive

: bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind
: showing or seeming to show something
: causing or tending to cause sexual feelings or excitement


sug·​ges·​tive | \ səg-ˈje-stiv How to pronounce suggestive (audio) , sə-ˈje-\

Kids Definition of suggestive

1 : giving a hint The furniture is suggestive of the past.
2 : full of suggestions I read a suggestive book about decorating.
3 : suggesting something improper or indecent


sug·​ges·​tive | \ sə(g)-ˈjes-tiv How to pronounce suggestive (audio) \

Medical Definition of suggestive

1 : serving to indicate a butterfly-shaped red rash…is highly suggestive of the disease— S. E. Goldfinger et al
2 : tending to act like or have the effect of suggestion

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Legal Definition of suggestive

: giving a suggestion or making a hint: as
a : being a trademark, trade dress, trade name, or service mark that requires the consumer to use thought and imagination to perceive the nature of the product or service

Note: Suggestive marks are entitled to trademark protection without proof of secondary meaning.

b : relating to or being a lineup that in some way suggests to the witness which member of the lineup is in fact the defendant

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