[suh g-jes-tiv, suh-]
- that suggests; referring to other thoughts, persons, etc.: His recommendation was suggestive of his boss's thinking.
- rich in suggestions or ideas: a suggestive critical essay.
- evocative; presented partially rather than in detail.
- that suggests or implies something improper or indecent; risqué: suggestive remarks.
Origin of suggestive
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1. See expressive.
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Examples from the Web for suggestive
Sexual harassment is a broad term that can cover everything from suggestive looks, to orders to dress sexier for work, to rape.Waitressing Is One of the Worst Jobs for Sexual Harassment
October 8, 2014
The trajectories of these numbers are suggestive and correlate with other things we know.What’s Driving America’s Evolution Divide?
Karl W. Giberson
June 22, 2014
They may be leading or suggestive questions, but they must be questions.Pistorius’s Cross-Examination Could Have Been Grounds for a Mistrial in a U.S. Court
James D. Zirin
May 5, 2014
The photograph Al Fayed said showed a suggestive swelling was taken before she met Dodi.Tina Brown: No, Conspiracy Theorists, Princess Diana Was Not Murdered
August 19, 2013
Especially as it is such a suggestive place, and one that tourists could visit.Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ Sparks Dante Fever in Florence
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 30, 2013
His whole appearance was suggestive of the shady side of life.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Applied to the literary history of a race, this principle is suggestive.The American Mind
A hypnotizer may abuse his suggestive power to exploit the love of the hypnotized.
Such aberration can only be explained by suggestive influence on the part of men.
Its name is suggestive of Columbia, and our country is often called by that name.
- (postpositive foll by of) conveying a hint (of something)this painting is suggestive of a hot summer day
- tending to suggest something improper or indecent
- able or liable to suggest an idea, plan, etc
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Word Origin and History for suggestive
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