[ suhg-jes-chuhn, suh- ]
See synonyms for: suggestionsuggestions on

  1. the act of suggesting.

  2. the state of being suggested.

  1. something suggested, as a piece of advice: We made the suggestion that she resign.

  2. a slight trace: He speaks with a suggestion of a foreign accent.

  3. the calling up in the mind of one idea by another by virtue of some association or of some natural connection between the ideas.

  4. the idea thus called up.

  5. Psychology.

    • 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

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English suggestio(u)n “incitement to evil,” from Medieval Latin suggestiōn-, stem of suggestiō, Latin: “addition, hint”; equivalent to suggest + -ion

synonym study For suggestion

1, 3. See advice.

Other words from suggestion

  • coun·ter·sug·ges·tion, noun
  • non·sug·ges·tion, noun
  • pre·sug·ges·tion, noun
  • self-sug·ges·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use suggestion in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for suggestion


/ (səˈdʒɛstʃən) /

  1. something that is suggested

  2. a hint or indication: a suggestion of the odour of violets

  1. psychol the process whereby the mere presentation of an idea to a receptive individual leads to the acceptance of that idea: See also autosuggestion

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