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suggestion

[suh g-jes-chuh n, suh-] /səgˈdʒɛs tʃən, sə-/
noun
1.
the act of suggesting.
2.
the state of being suggested.
3.
something suggested, as a piece of advice:
We made the suggestion that she resign.
4.
a slight trace:
He speaks with a suggestion of a foreign accent.
5.
the calling up in the mind of one idea by another by virtue of some association or of some natural connection between the ideas.
6.
the idea thus called up.
7.
Psychology.
  1. 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.
  2. the thought, sensation, or action induced in this way.
Origin of suggestion
1300-1350
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
Related forms
countersuggestion, noun
nonsuggestion, noun
presuggestion, noun
self-suggestion, noun
Synonyms
1, 3. See advice.
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  • I propose that we act on Tress's suggestion, and go and make inquiries of him.

  • The elder Milbrey, too, had met her at his son's suggestion.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The suggestion was not made for my own sake, and I am not sure that it ever occurred to me again.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • There is one spot in Harrogate that has a suggestion of the early days of the town.

  • The suggestion is worthy of the serious consideration of the Pophamites.

    The Popham Colony William Frederick Poole
British Dictionary definitions for suggestion

suggestion

/səˈdʒɛstʃən/
noun
1.
something that is suggested
2.
a hint or indication: a suggestion of the odour of violets
3.
(psychol) the process whereby the mere presentation of an idea to a receptive individual leads to the acceptance of that idea See also autosuggestion
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Word Origin and History for suggestion
n.

mid-14c., "a prompting to evil," from Anglo-French and Old French suggestioun, from Latin suggestionem (nominative suggestio) "an addition, intimation, suggestion," from suggestus, past participle of suggerere "suggest, supply, bring up," from sub "up" (see sub-) + gerere "bring, carry" (see gest). Sense evolution in Latin is from "heap up, build" to "bring forward an idea." Meaning "proposal" appeared by late 14c., but original English notion of "evil prompting" is preserved in suggestive (1630s, though the indecent aspect did not emerge until 1888). Hypnotism sense is from 1887.

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suggestion in Medicine

suggestion sug·ges·tion (səg-jěs'chən, sə-jěs'-)
n.
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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