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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
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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  • But the temptation of a discovery so singular and profound, at last overcame the suggestions of alarm.
British Dictionary definitions for suggestions

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 suggestions

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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suggestions 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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Encyclopedia Article for suggestions

suggestion

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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