suggestion

[suhg-jes-chuhn, suh-]
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.
a.
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.
b.
the thought, sensation, or action induced in this way.

Origin:
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.
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suggestion (səˈdʒɛstʃən)
 
n
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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suggestion
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'-)
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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  landscape use.
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  suggestions.
The book is packed with practical suggestions for conserving resources.
His mind was a teeming warren of hints and suggestions.
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