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

Other Words from suggestive

suggestively adverb
suggestiveness noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Cornell provides symptomatic test kits to community members who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 24 Mar. 2022 At the time, Border Patrol agents on horseback were photographed corralling migrants, images that some people said were suggestive of slavery. New York Times, 11 June 2022 What are some of the trends in podcasts that are suggestive of how this industry is evolving? Kira Bindrim, Quartz, 6 June 2022 Foley is subtle but suggestive, capturing offstage bedsprings, or the shuffle of a clumsy intruder. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 Everything here is tasteful and suggestive of money: the overstuffed furniture, prodigous art, the grand piano standing erect in the corner. Katie Bain, Billboard, 6 May 2022 The molecular results are suggestive but not definitive, says epidemiologist Daniel Belsky of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, who was not involved in the study. Ingrid Wickelgren, Scientific American, 22 Mar. 2022 Contains some strong language and suggestive references. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 The forms are suggestive: Urns, traditionally, hold human remains; a wreath is a funerary offering going back centuries. Globe Staff,, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of suggestive

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of suggestive was in 1631

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“Suggestive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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



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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