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intimation

[in-tuh-mey-shuh n] /ˌɪn təˈmeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of intimating, or making known indirectly.
2.
a hint; suggestion:
The death of his father was his first intimation of mortality.
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British Dictionary definitions for intimation

intimation

/ˌɪntɪˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
a hint or suggestion
2.
(rare) an announcement or notice
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Word Origin and History for intimation
n.

mid-15c., "action of making known," from Middle French intimation (late 14c.), from Late Latin intimationem (nominative intimatio) "an announcement" (in Medieval Latin "a judicial notification"), noun of action from past participle stem of intimare (see intimate). Meaning "suggestion, hint" is from 1530s.

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