suggestion

noun

sug·​ges·​tion səg-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce suggestion (audio)
sə-ˈjes-,
-ˈjesh-
1
a
: the act or process of suggesting
b
: something suggested
2
a
: the process by which a physical or mental state is influenced by a thought or idea
the power of suggestion
b
: the process by which one thought leads to another especially through association of ideas
3
: a slight indication : trace
a suggestion of a smile

Example Sentences

Do you have any suggestions? Please send comments and suggestions to our post office box. I have a suggestion: call the store and ask them about it. I'd like to offer a suggestion. I reject his suggestion that we shouldn't have helped them. trying to influence people's thoughts by using suggestion The director relies on the power of suggestion rather than explicitly showing the murder. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Traders on Wall Street appeared encouraged by the jobs report's suggestion of milder pay growth. Arkansas Online, 7 Jan. 2023 Jim Rainey found that America’s conservative media stalwarts responded this week with recrimination, regret, reflection — and at least one suggestion that House Republican stalwarts might find solace, and a new leader, by getting good and drunk. David Lautersenior Editor, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2023 Traders on Wall Street appeared encouraged by the report’s suggestion of milder pay growth and sent stock market futures pointing to solid gains. Christopher Rugaber, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2023 The menu includes dishes such as lobster and crab cakes ($25), tuna tartare ($20), chef's suggestion steak plates ($53-$64), main courses ($34-$60), seafood ($40-49) along with shareable sides ($11-$23). The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2023 My request and suggestion: Let’s use our birthdays, literally, as our day of celebration — real celebration — like a Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. Dallas News, 3 Jan. 2023 Our memory is a game of telephone with ourselves, subject to revision — and open to suggestion — as soon as the moment has passed. Shuja Haider, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2023 But Rian Johnson made a point to respond to this suggestion. Rian Johnson Bets, Vulture, 28 Dec. 2022 Following the Scotts' suggestion, Barrymore proceeds to kneel. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of suggestion was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near suggestion

Cite this Entry

“Suggestion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suggestion. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

suggestion

noun
sug·​ges·​tion sə(g)-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce suggestion (audio)
-ˈjesh-
1
a
: the act or process of suggesting
b
: something (as a thought or plan) that is suggested
2
a
: the process by which a physical or mental state is influenced by a thought or idea
the power of suggestion
b
: the process by which one thought leads to another especially through association of ideas
c
: a way of influencing attitudes and behavior hypnotically
3
: a slight indication
a suggestion of a smile

Medical Definition

suggestion

noun
sug·​ges·​tion sə(g)-ˈjes-chən, -ˈjesh- How to pronounce suggestion (audio)
1
a
: the act or process of impressing something (as an idea, attitude, or desired action) upon the mind of another
suggestion in response to propagandaPsychological Abstracts
b
: the process by which a physical or mental state is influenced by a thought or idea
the power of suggestion
2
: something impressed upon the mind by suggestion
the posthypnotic carrying out of suggestions held in the unconsciousG. S. Blum

Legal Definition

suggestion

noun
sug·​ges·​tion
1
a
: the act or process of suggesting
b
: something suggested
2
: an entry on the record of a fact or circumstance (as the death or insolvency of a party) material to a case and essential for the court in making its determination
reference to a party's death in a pleading was not the equivalent of a formal suggestion of death on the recordKissic v. Liberty Nat'l Life Ins. Co., 641 So. 2d 250 (1994)

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