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suggestive

[suh g-jes-tiv, suh-] /səgˈdʒɛs tɪv, sə-/
adjective
1.
that suggests; referring to other thoughts, persons, etc.:
His recommendation was suggestive of his boss's thinking.
2.
rich in suggestions or ideas:
a suggestive critical essay.
3.
evocative; presented partially rather than in detail.
4.
that suggests or implies something improper or indecent; risqué:
suggestive remarks.
Origin of suggestive
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; suggest + -ive
Related forms
suggestively, adverb
suggestiveness, noun
nonsuggestive, adjective
nonsuggestively, adverb
nonsuggestiveness, noun
presuggestive, adjective
unsuggestive, adjective
unsuggestively, adverb
unsuggestiveness, noun
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  • His whole appearance was suggestive of the shady side of life.

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  • Applied to the literary history of a race, this principle is suggestive.

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  • Such aberration can only be explained by suggestive influence on the part of men.

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  • A hypnotizer may abuse his suggestive power to exploit the love of the hypnotized.

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  • All things in which there is opposition or proportion are suggestive of reflection.

    The Republic Plato
British Dictionary definitions for suggestive

suggestive

/səˈdʒɛstɪv/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) foll by of. conveying a hint (of something): this painting is suggestive of a hot summer day
2.
tending to suggest something improper or indecent
3.
able or liable to suggest an idea, plan, etc
Derived Forms
suggestively, adverb
suggestiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for suggestive
adj.

1630s, "conveying a hint," from suggest + -ive. Specifically as a faintly euphemistic reference to proposals of indecent behavior, from 1888. Related: Suggestively; suggestiveness.

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