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
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
First recorded in 1625–35; suggest
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It is full of suggestiveness, and, in its way, is as good as a cathedral.
Can the English Gladstonians get away from the suggestiveness of this fact?
He called her name; the ensuing silence was ghastly in its suggestiveness.
The involutions, the suggestiveness so attractive to adult ears, he cannot hear.
And these have each their special religious associations and suggestiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for suggestiveness
Derived Formssuggestively, adverbsuggestiveness, noun
(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
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Word Origin and History for suggestiveness
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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