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 There's nothing conclusive yet, but there's some suggestive evidence, and no signs that face mask use is making matters worse. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Face masks don’t even have to work especially well to be effective," 12 June 2020 The fact that some of this May’s flames were in areas that burned last year and are rich in peat is thus suggestive. The Economist, "The fires within the deep Have Siberian fires been smouldering underground all winter?," 4 June 2020 The doctor ordered a biopsy of the lower GI tract, which was suggestive of mild G.V.H.D. but not definitive. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "His Immune System Went Out of Whack. The Usual Treatment Didn’t Work. Why?," 18 Mar. 2020 However, certain differences can be suggestive of sexism and unlawful discrimination, and are worthy of judicial review. Michael Mccann,, "Former Saints Cheerleader Brings to Light Sexist Rules With Discrimination Charge," 27 Mar. 2018 The man approached a woman working at a business in Phoenix on Tuesday at 8 a.m., and grabbed her while making suggestive comments, according to a press release from the Phoenix Police Department. Ryan Vlahovich, azcentral, "Police looking for man involved in sexual assault in Phoenix," 16 May 2020 The evidence is highly suggestive that the outbreak is associated with exposures in one seafood market in Wuhan. Laurie Garrett, The New Republic, "How Trump and Xi set the stage for the coronavirus pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 The update to Instagram has made its ban of suggestive material strikingly transparent. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech," 13 Dec. 2019 Estrada’s attorney argued Morris’ testimony was highly suggestive and unfairly implied that his client was involved in the shooting. Los Angeles Times, "A homicide detective’s dishonesty was kept secret for years. Now it could upend criminal cases," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of suggestive

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Suggestive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 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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