Definitions for suggestionsəgˈdʒɛs tʃən, sə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sug•ges•tionsəgˈdʒɛs tʃən, sə-(n.)

  1. the act of suggesting or the state of being suggested.

  2. something suggested, as a piece of advice.

  3. a slight trace:

    a suggestion of tears in his eyes.

  4. the calling up in the mind of one idea by another by virtue of some association or of some natural connection between the ideas.

  5. the idea thus called up.

  6. the process of inducing a thought, sensation, or action in a receptive person without using persuasion and without giving rise to reflection in the recipient. the thought, sensation, or action so induced.

    Category: Psychology, Cognition

Origin of suggestion:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. suggestion(noun)

    an idea that is suggested

    "the picnic was her suggestion"

  2. suggestion, proposition, proffer(noun)

    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

    "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"

  3. trace, hint, suggestion(noun)

    a just detectable amount

    "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"

  4. suggestion, prompting(noun)

    persuasion formulated as a suggestion

  5. suggestion(noun)

    the sequential mental process in which one thought leads to another by association

  6. hypnotism, mesmerism, suggestion(noun)

    the act of inducing hypnosis

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. suggestion(noun)əgˈdʒɛs tʃən, sə-

    sth you suggest, or the act of suggesting sth

    Do you have any suggestions for a good book?; At Lee's suggestion, they decided to leave.


  1. suggestion(Noun)

    Something suggested.

  2. suggestion(Noun)

    The act of suggesting.

    Suggestion often works better than explicit demand.

  3. suggestion(Noun)

    Something implied, which the mind is liable to take as fact.

    He's somehow picked up the suggestion that I like peanuts.

  4. Origin: From suggestioun, suggestion (modern French suggestion), from suggestio, from suggero.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suggestion(noun)

    the act of suggesting; presentation of an idea

  2. Suggestion(noun)

    that which is suggested; an intimation; an insinuation; a hint; a different proposal or mention; also, formerly, a secret incitement; temptation

  3. Suggestion(noun)

    charge; complaint; accusation

  4. Suggestion(noun)

    information without oath; an entry of a material fact or circumstance on the record for the information of the court, at the death or insolvency of a party

  5. Suggestion(noun)

    the act or power of originating or recalling ideas or relations, distinguished as original and relative; -- a term much used by Scottish metaphysicians from Hutcherson to Thomas Brown


  1. Suggestion

    Suggestion is the psychological process by which one person guides the thoughts, feelings, or behaviour of another. Nineteenth century writers on psychology such as William James used the words "suggest" and "suggestion" in senses close to those they have in common speech—one idea was said to suggest another when it brought that other idea to mind. Early scientific studies of hypnosis by Clark Leonard Hull and others extended the meaning of these words in a special and technical sense. The original neuro-psychological theory of hypnotic suggestion was based upon the ideo-motor reflex response of William B. Carpenter and James Braid.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Suggestion

    The uncritical acceptance of an idea or plan of action.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suggestion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3365

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suggestion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2069

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suggestion' in Nouns Frequency: #893

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the act of suggesting.

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