adjective sug·ges·tive \ səg-ˈjes-tiv , sə-ˈjes- \
Updated on: 15 Feb 2018

Definition of suggestive

1 a : 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





Examples of suggestive in a Sentence

  1. making unwelcome suggestive remarks to a subordinate will be regarded as sexual harassment

  2. a haunting and suggestive song about a long-lost love

Recent Examples of suggestive from the Web

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First Known Use of suggestive


SUGGESTIVE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of suggestive for English Language Learners

  • : bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind

  • : showing or seeming to show something

  • : causing or tending to cause sexual feelings or excitement

SUGGESTIVE Defined for Kids


adjective sug·ges·tive \ səg-ˈje-stiv , sə-ˈje- \

Definition of suggestive for Students

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

Medical Dictionary


adjective sug·ges·tive \ sə(g)-ˈjes-tiv \

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

Law Dictionary


adjective sug·ges·tive

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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a eulogistic oration or writing

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