sug·ges·tive | \səg-ˈje-stiv, 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

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The third movement’s opening is announced by Minimalist harp figures and muted tones — suggestive of jazz, but not imitative — in the brasses. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: The New York Philharmonic Gets Audacious, With Ease," 10 June 2018 Transportation Song Quiz The lyrics to last week’s song were slightly suggestive, by Edwardian standards. Mary Wisniewski,, "Get ready for buses at O'Hare this year as 'people mover' gets rehab," 24 May 2018 As yet, the Russia connection is suggestive, not proved. Evan Horowitz,, "Here’s how recent revelations may link Michael Cohen to Russia," 9 May 2018 Uncle Drew’ Two stars out of four stars Rated PG-13; suggestive material, language, brief nudity 1 hour, 43 minutes Opens with screenings Thursday night Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Uncle Drew’ has a predictable game plan," 28 June 2018 Thompson’s drawings are still lush and considered, flowing across the pages from his Pentel brush-pen, but the book is looser, sweeter, more suggestive than his other pieces. New York Times, "A Youthful, Lovesick Journey Revealed in a Sketchbook," 6 July 2018 Erardi writes about him with a suggestive and subjugating prose, without grammatical pirouettes. Jorge Ebro, miamiherald, "This is why this book about Tony Perez is a must-read for fans, lovers of Cuban history | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 The steamy, suggestive lyrics raised some eyebrows in the early ’90s. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Festival of the Lakes salutes '90s music," 5 July 2018 Here’s what the individual results looked like as a function of night-before sleep time (with numbers above zero indicating a post-nap improvement): This looks awfully suggestive. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Putting Napping to the Test," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of suggestive

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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, 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 \

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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