intimation

intimation

[in-tuh-mey-shuhn]
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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intimation (ˌɪntɪˈmeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  a hint or suggestion
2.  rare an announcement or notice

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intimation
"action of making known," mid-15c., from M.Fr. intimation (late 14c.), from L.L. intimationem (nom. intimatio) "an announcement" (in M.L. "a judicial notification"), from intimare (see intimate).
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