Definition of suggestive in English:


Syllabification: sug·ges·tive
Pronunciation: /sə(g)ˈjestiv


  • 1Tending to suggest an idea: there were various suggestive pieces of evidence
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    • Another suggestive piece of evidence is comparison with dogs that remain on the other side of the long vanished Asia-North America land connection.
    • The regulations adopted in Shanghai will provide suggestive ideas for national AIDS legislation.
    • Both nonspecialists and specialists in Tillich's theology will find here ideas suggestive for contemporary teaching and preaching.
  • 1.1Indicative or evocative: flavors suggestive of coffee and blackberry
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    • These indications were suggestive of six previous hybridization events between the two native carnivores.
    • Diagnostic genetic testing refers to the use of a gene test in a patient who has symptoms suggestive of Huntington's disease, with or without a family history.
    • Electrolyte levels should be monitored, and patients should report any signs or symptoms suggestive of electrolyte imbalance.
    redolent, evocative, reminiscent; characteristic, indicative, typical
  • 1.2Making someone think of sex and sexual relationships: a suggestive remark
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    • A driver who left a woman passenger terror stricken when he drove her past her home also lost his licence, as did a driver who made sexually suggestive remarks to a passenger.
    • She describes these rages as often provoked by strangers on the street who whistle at her or make some sexually suggestive remark.
    • Explicitly sexual lyrics and suggestive dancing have sparked scathing newspaper columns and local judges have banned minors from attending the dances.



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  • His boss can take even a hackneyed phrase and let it dangle suggestively in the air until a dozen meanings reveal themselves.
  • Ghuroub, a suggestively Buddhist-like land, is where Fattouma meets a holy man who tries to prepare him for the journey to Gebel.
  • Apparently nothing says mobile business data services like two hot chicks suggestively gazing into a cellphone.


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  • Many of the pictures here failed to be included in the calendars simply because they crossed a subtle line - one that went beyond suggestiveness into the realm of erotica.
  • Indeed, the lines of his drawings are often minimal and suggestive, forcing the viewer to focus on the object to imagine the undrawn lines; their very suggestiveness creates essence.
  • Clifton thinks it is because burlesque offers ‘the kind of suggestiveness that women appreciate.’

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