Definition of suggestion in English:


Line breaks: sug¦ges|tion
Pronunciation: /səˈdʒɛstʃ(ə)n


  • 1An idea or plan put forward for consideration: here are some suggestions for tackling the problem
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    • She found this project exciting to work on because the owner was very open to new ideas and suggestions for his premises.
    • I have some suggestions for serious consideration by the august committee.
    • The group will meet again in September and are looking forward to suggestions for the development of the field.
    proposal, proposition, motion, submission, recommendation; advice, counsel, exhortation, hint, tip, clue, tip-off, idea, piece of advice
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The action of suggesting something: at my suggestion, the museum held an exhibition of his work
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    • At their suggestion I sent a complaint there and was rewarded with an anodyne standard letter which was obviously sent out to all complainants but which dealt with none of the points I raised.
    • I am also rather annoyed at his suggestion that the RAF does nothing about reducing the noise when in fact they make strenuous efforts to keep noise to a minimum as do most responsible aviation bodies.
    • At her suggestion, I'm to not spend anymore than 20 minutes at a time on my feet and I should be taking 20 minute breaks in-between walking around.
  • 2Something that implies or indicates a certain fact or situation: there is no suggestion that he was involved in any wrongdoing
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    • There were suggestions that in fact a confession video was made before the act itself.
    • For you to even make such a suggestion strongly implies that you're really not interested in a serious debate on this issue.
    • There was a suggestion that the very fact the trial was held in Mayo guaranteed that the defendant would not be found guilty of murder.
  • 2.1A slight indication of something: there was a suggestion of a smile on his lips
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    • It even comes with a hefty chunk of lemon, in addition to the salt and vinegar [which was disappointingly run of the mill, with not the slightest suggestion of rose Perry vinegar or Caspian salt flakes].
    • She's always on the edge of her chair, ready to pounce at the slightest suggestion of a whisper.
    • Be advised they'll also be in no mood to tolerate even the slightest suggestion of possessiveness.
    hint, trace, touch, suspicion, tinge, modicum, dash, soupçon; ghost, semblance, shadow, glimmer, impression, breath, whiff, undertone, whisper, nuance, undertone, connotation
  • 3 [mass noun] The action of calling up an idea in someone’s mind by associating it with other things: the power of suggestion
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    • Furthermore, it is possible to create false memories in people's minds by suggestion, even false memories of previous lives.
    • However, our study does reveal many interesting psychological factors associated with experimenter suggestion.
    • Individuals so conditioned can merely repeat the thoughts which have been implanted in their minds by suggestion from outside.
  • 3.1 Psychology The action of influencing a person to accept an idea or belief uncritically, especially as a technique in hypnosis.
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    • Techniques of suggestion are compatible neither with the analytic attitude that Symington describes nor the therapeutic attitude that Cervantes describes.
    • Neuroscience has not fully exploited hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion as experimental tools.
    • Freud usually claimed that psychoanalysis was a treatment in which direct influence and suggestion played little part.
  • 3.2 [count noun] Psychology An idea or belief accepted by a person as a result of suggestion.
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    • These are simply positive suggestions the writer gives to herself while in hypnosis.
    • But he did not use hypnosis solely as a means of implanting suggestions of positive health.
    • Under hypnosis, the rational brain is bypassed, and suggestions are made directly to the subconscious mind.


Middle English (in the sense 'an incitement to evil'): via Old French from Latin suggestio(n-), from the verb suggerere (see suggest).

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