from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Provoking gradual doubt or suspicion; suggestive: insinuating remarks.
  • adj. Artfully contrived to gain favor or confidence; ingratiating.

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  • v. Present participle of insinuate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Winding, creeping, or flowing in, quietly or stealthily; suggesting; winning favor and confidence insensibly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to enter treacherously; insensibly winning favor or confidence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. calculated to please or gain favor


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  • Such evil creatures specialized, seemingly, in insinuating themselves into pious Protestant households, corrupting domestic morals, and winning over to Rome not only the family but the family fortune as well.

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  • The dean of Chicago's medical school, Glenn D. Steele Jr., recently removed many faculty department heads and bluntly told Business Week that he plans to begin "insinuating the place ... with entrepreneurial people" — a clear statement that commercial acumen is becoming an important qualification for new faculty.

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  • But the idea of insinuating himself into a noble household was the kind of plan that the craggy-faced sell-sword would not be able to anticipate.

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