[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 suggestiveness
So there was no trepidation at all about the suggestiveness of the lyrics?98 Degrees’ Drew Lachey on the Band’s Comeback, ‘Microphone’ & More
May 6, 2013
It is full of suggestiveness, and, in its way, is as good as a cathedral.Tanglewood Tales
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
- (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 suggestiveness
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