[ suh g-jes-tiv, suh- ]
/ səgˈdʒɛs tɪv, sə- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. suger,
  2. suggest,
  3. suggestibility,
  4. suggestible,
  5. suggestion,
  6. suggillation,
  7. sugh,
  8. sugi,
  9. suharto,
  10. sui

Origin of suggestive

First recorded in 1625–35; suggest + -ive

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suggestive


/ (səˈdʒɛstɪv) /


(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
Derived Formssuggestively, adverbsuggestiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for suggestive



1630s, "conveying a hint," from suggest + -ive. Specifically as a faintly euphemistic reference to proposals of indecent behavior, from 1888. Related: Suggestively; suggestiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper