suggestive

[suh g-jes-tiv, suh-]

adjective

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.

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

Synonyms for suggestive

1. See expressive.
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Related Words for suggestiveness

sexiness, sexuality

Examples from the Web for suggestiveness

Contemporary Examples of suggestiveness

Historical Examples of suggestiveness

  • It is full of suggestiveness, and, in its way, is as good as a cathedral.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Can the English Gladstonians get away from the suggestiveness of this fact?

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • He called her name; the ensuing silence was ghastly in its suggestiveness.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • The involutions, the suggestiveness so attractive to adult ears, he cannot hear.

    Here and Now Story Book

    Lucy Sprague Mitchell

  • And these have each their special religious associations and suggestiveness.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester


British Dictionary definitions for suggestiveness

suggestive

adjective

(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 suggestiveness

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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