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

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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 Alyssa McGrath, an employee of the governor’s office, opened up about the allegations against her boss in a Friday report in the New York Times, claiming Cuomo made suggestive comments toward her. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, 19 Mar. 2021 Each claim, on its own, doesn’t carry any compelling weight, but many put a variety of (possibly unrelated) puzzle pieces together to compose a suggestive picture. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Connolly steeps the proceedings in a sense of climate both emotional and weathered; broad, suggestive shots of the land from the sky, and the dryness below, read like an emotional template. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 21 May 2021 But the dynamic goes well beyond the suggestive power of price. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 22 May 2021 Chillingly, Bailey assigned them to keep journals, and scrawled copious, often suggestive responses in red pen, prying into their crushes and insecurities. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 4 May 2021 In multiple Facebook posts in 2019, Impression Spa included screenshots of advertisements on AssortList that featured suggestive photos of women and the business’ phone number. Houston Keene, Fox News, 28 Apr. 2021 Here’s a fascinating and suggestive idea: take the most genetically complex organisms that exist today, and sequence their DNA. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 On Saturday, the high temperature was 34, a puny two degrees above freezing, and not suggestive of nature’s benevolence. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2021

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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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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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