[suhg-jes-chuhn, suh-]
the act of suggesting.
the state of being suggested.
something suggested, as a piece of advice: We made the suggestion that she resign.
a slight trace: He speaks with a suggestion of a foreign accent.
the calling up in the mind of one idea by another by virtue of some association or of some natural connection between the ideas.
the idea thus called up.
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.

1300–50; Middle English suggestio(u)n incitement to evil < Medieval Latin suggestiōn- (stem of suggestiō), Latin: act of supplying an answer or hint, equivalent to suggest(us) (see suggest) + -iōn- -ion

countersuggestion, noun
nonsuggestion, noun
presuggestion, noun
self-suggestion, noun

1, 3. See advice. Unabridged
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suggestion (səˈdʒɛstʃən)
1.  something that is suggested
2.  a hint or indication: a suggestion of the odour of violets
3.  psychol See also autosuggestion the process whereby the mere presentation of an idea to a receptive individual leads to the acceptance of that idea

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Word Origin & History

c.1340, "a prompting to evil," from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. suggestioun, from L. suggestionem (nom. suggestio) "an addition, intimation, suggestion," from suggestus, pp. of suggestere "suggest, supply, bring up," from sub "up" + gerere "bring, carry." Sense evolution in L. is from "heap up, build" to "bring
forward an idea." Meaning "proposal" appeared by 1382, but original Eng. notion of "evil prompting" is preserved in suggestive (1631, though the indecent aspect did not emerge until 1888). Hypnotism sense is from 1887.
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suggestion sug·ges·tion (səg-jěs'chən, sə-jěs'-)
Implanting of an idea in the mind of another by a word or act so as to influence conduct or physical condition.

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in psychology, process of leading a person to respond uncritically, as in belief or action. The mode of suggestion, while usually verbal, may be visual or may involve any other sense. The suggestion may be symbolic. For instance, a person who is allergic to roses may develop an attack of asthma from looking through a seed catalog. Suggestion, or suggestibility, plays a significant role in collective behaviour, especially in social unrest, and it constitutes the central phenomenon of hypnosis (q.v.).

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Example sentences
Given that it is distinct from the research plan, my suggestion is.
Here is a suggestion to address both the short-run and long-run problems.
But, seriously, thank you kindly for your suggestion.
Suggestion is not precise enough, though it has indeed been used with that
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