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suggestive

[suh g-jes-tiv, suh-]
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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.
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Origin of suggestive

First recorded in 1625–35; suggest + -ive
Related formssug·ges·tive·ly, adverbsug·ges·tive·ness, nounnon·sug·ges·tive, adjectivenon·sug·ges·tive·ly, adverbnon·sug·ges·tive·ness, nounpre·sug·ges·tive, adjectiveun·sug·ges·tive, adjectiveun·sug·ges·tive·ly, adverbun·sug·ges·tive·ness, noun

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1. See expressive.
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  • It is full of suggestiveness, and, in its way, is as good as a cathedral.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Can the English Gladstonians get away from the suggestiveness of this fact?

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • He called her name; the ensuing silence was ghastly in its suggestiveness.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • The involutions, the suggestiveness so attractive to adult ears, he cannot hear.

    Here and Now Story Book

    Lucy Sprague Mitchell

  • And these have each their special religious associations and suggestiveness.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester


British Dictionary definitions for suggestiveness

suggestive

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
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Derived Formssuggestively, adverbsuggestiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for suggestiveness

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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