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

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 Possibly more suggestive of a Pulitzer push is the contrast between the peak in December and the dearth of pieces published in January. John Keefe, Quartz, "Why so much investigative journalism gets published in December," 10 Dec. 2019 Pascual Reyes’ music wafts through the scenes, spreading a horror atmosphere, and the cinematography by Nicolas Wong Diaz is shadowy and suggestive. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Weeping Woman' ('La Llorona'): Film Review," 30 Sep. 2019 But things might come out that would be suggestive that the president was more guilty than the current body of evidence suggests. CBS News, "Transcript: Correspondents Panel on "Face the Nation," December 29, 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 Taking his time before making a move, the attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, ironically a Netanyahu appointee, dropped many a suggestive hint about his intentions to prosecute. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 5 Dec. 2019 So, your child could come across swearing, scantily clad adults, and suggestive dancing. Stephanie Thurrott, NBC News, "What is TikTok? A guide for clueless parents," 21 Oct. 2019 The case arose when Bethany Austin found nude photos and suggestive text messages from her neighbor on her fiancé’s cell phone. Jack Greiner,, "Strictly Legal: 'Revenge porn' law is constitutional," 29 Oct. 2019 There has never been any sign of life—historic or otherwise—on Mars, though conditions suggestive of the possibility of life have been discovered. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Stands on Its Own for the First Time," 25 Oct. 2019 There’s lots of people who come in and make passes at her or say suggestive things. Michael Avedon; Fashion Editor: Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Joan Collins on Her Legendary Style and How Donald Trump Influenced Her Character on Dynasty," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of suggestive

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Suggestive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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