[ aw-toh-suh g-jes-chuh n, -suh- ]
/ ˌɔ toʊ səgˈdʒɛs tʃən, -sə- /

noun Psychology.

suggestion arising from oneself, as the repetition of verbal messages as a means of changing behavior.

Origin of autosuggestion

First recorded in 1885–90; auto-1 + suggestion
Related formsau·to·sug·gest·i·ble, adjectiveau·to·sug·gest·i·bil·i·ty, nounau·to·sug·ges·tion·ist, nounau·to·sug·ges·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for autosuggestion


/ (ˌɔːtəʊsəˈdʒɛstʃən) /


a process of suggestion in which the person unconsciously supplies or consciously attempts to supply the means of influencing his own behaviour or beliefs
Derived Formsautosuggestive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for autosuggestion



also auto-suggestion, 1879, a hybrid from auto- + suggestion. The idea, and probably the model for the word, originally from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for autosuggestion


[ ô′tō-səg-jĕschən ]


The dwelling upon an idea, thought, or concept, thereby inducing some change in the mental or bodily functions.
The process by which a person induces self-acceptance of an opinion, belief, or plan of action.
Related formsau′to•sug•gest′to•sug•gest′i•bili•ty (-ə-bĭlĭ-tē)′to•sug•gesti•ble′to•sug•gestive (-tĭv) adj.
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