suggestive

[suh g-jes-tiv, suh-]
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adjective
  1. that suggests; referring to other thoughts, persons, etc.: His recommendation was suggestive of his boss's thinking.
  2. rich in suggestions or ideas: a suggestive critical essay.
  3. evocative; presented partially rather than in detail.
  4. that suggests or implies something improper or indecent; risqué: suggestive remarks.

Origin of suggestive

First recorded in 1625–35; suggest + -ive
Related formssug·ges·tive·ly, adverbsug·ges·tive·ness, nounnon·sug·ges·tive, adjectivenon·sug·ges·tive·ly, adverbnon·sug·ges·tive·ness, nounpre·sug·ges·tive, adjectiveun·sug·ges·tive, adjectiveun·sug·ges·tive·ly, adverbun·sug·ges·tive·ness, noun

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1. See expressive.
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Contemporary Examples of suggestive

Historical Examples of suggestive

  • His whole appearance was suggestive of the shady side of life.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • Applied to the literary history of a race, this principle is suggestive.

  • Such aberration can only be explained by suggestive influence on the part of men.

  • A hypnotizer may abuse his suggestive power to exploit the love of the hypnotized.

  • All things in which there is opposition or proportion are suggestive of reflection.


British Dictionary definitions for suggestive

suggestive

adjective
  1. (postpositive foll by of) conveying a hint (of something)this painting is suggestive of a hot summer day
  2. tending to suggest something improper or indecent
  3. able or liable to suggest an idea, plan, etc
Derived Formssuggestively, adverbsuggestiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for suggestive
adj.

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

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