- the process of inducing a thought, sensation, or action in a receptive person without using persuasion and without giving rise to reflection in the recipient.
- the thought, sensation, or action induced in this way.
Origin of suggestion
Examples from the Web for suggestion
That suggestion turns absurd when you consider the long list of corrupt Democrat politicians Lynch has sent to prison.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch|Michael Daly|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the suggestion of founder Maneesh Goyal, the company went with a Pee-wee Herman theme.
When asked by a public radio why Cuomo sounded as if he was encouraging Clinton to run, he smiled and dismissed the suggestion.
But Hagel just as quickly shut down the suggestion, saying he was disinclined to review the policy formally.Yes to LGB, No to T: The Pentagon Still Has a Transgender Ban|Tim Mak|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These witnesses should be of the same gender as the employee, to avoid any suggestion of a “sexual subtext”.
Do not let the lieutenant take too many chances, is my suggestion.Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers|Jessie Graham Flower
Arnold forced himself to accept the suggestion with some appearance of pleasure.The Lighted Way|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Lancken stiffened perceptibly at this suggestion and refused, frankly, saying that he could not do anything of the sort.A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium|Hugh Gibson
This suggestion of a divine fire under the control of Moses opens an interesting speculation.The Emancipation of Massachusetts|Brooks Adams
There was a faulty side, however, to the Masterson suggestion.The Sunset Trail|Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for suggestion
Word Origin and History for suggestion
mid-14c., "a prompting to evil," from Anglo-French and Old French suggestioun, from Latin suggestionem (nominative suggestio) "an addition, intimation, suggestion," from suggestus, past participle of suggerere "suggest, supply, bring up," from sub "up" (see sub-) + gerere "bring, carry" (see gest). Sense evolution in Latin is from "heap up, build" to "bring forward an idea." Meaning "proposal" appeared by late 14c., but original English notion of "evil prompting" is preserved in suggestive (1630s, though the indecent aspect did not emerge until 1888). Hypnotism sense is from 1887.