suggestive

adjective

sug·​ges·​tive səg-ˈje-stiv How to pronounce suggestive (audio)
sə-ˈje-
1
a
: giving a suggestion : indicative
suggestive of a past era
b
: full of suggestions : stimulating thought
provided a suggestive … commentary on the eraLloyd Morris
c
: stirring mental associations : evocative
2
: suggesting or tending to suggest something improper or indecent : risqué
suggestively adverb
suggestiveness noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web The accompanying Instagram video sees Cannon celebrating his nut valuation and playing with a suggestive pair of golden eggs. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 7 June 2024 Their study is small, but suggestive that because of how similar the viruses are, some people may have antibodies that could help in the face of H5N1 exposure. Helen Branswell, STAT, 5 June 2024 Its legal status was achieved in 2014, but this came with a list of prohibitions including no staring, no photography, no suggestive behavior, etc. Local clergy and others continue to mount protests (legal and otherwise) against the naked designation. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 29 May 2024 It was instead peeled and cracked open longitudinally, creating a suggestive shape. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for suggestive 

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Word History

First Known Use

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of suggestive was in 1631

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Cite this Entry

“Suggestive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suggestive. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

suggestive

adjective
sug·​ges·​tive sə(g)-ˈjes-tiv How to pronounce suggestive (audio)
1
a
: giving a suggestion : indicative
suggestive of a past era
b
: full of suggestions : stimulating thought
c
: stirring mental associations
2
: suggesting something improper or indecent
suggestively adverb
suggestiveness noun

Medical Definition

suggestive

adjective
sug·​ges·​tive sə(g)-ˈjes-tiv How to pronounce suggestive (audio)
1
: serving to indicate
a butterfly-shaped red rash … is highly suggestive of the diseaseS. E. Goldfinger et al.
2
: tending to act like or have the effect of suggestion

Legal Definition

suggestive

adjective
sug·​ges·​tive
: 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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