Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of suggesting.
  • noun Something suggested.
  • noun The sequential process by which one thought or mental image leads to another.
  • noun A psychological process by which an idea is induced in or adopted by another without argument, command, or coercion.
  • noun An idea or response so induced.
  • noun A hint or trace.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of placing before the mind problematically; also, the idea so produced; the insinuation of an idea by indirect association; hint; intimation; prompting; also, especially, an incitement to an animal, brutal, or diabolical act.
  • noun The action of an idea in bringing another idea to mind, either through the force of association or by virtue of the natural connection of the ideas.
  • noun Specifically, in hypnotism, the insinuation of a belief or impulse into the mind of the subject by any means, as by words or gestures, usually by emphatic declaration; also, the impulse of trust and submission which leads to the effectiveness of such incitement; also, the idea so suggested.
  • noun Indirect or hidden action.
  • noun In law, information without oath.
  • noun Synonyms Intimation, Insinuation, etc. See hint, transitive verb

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of suggesting; presentation of an idea.
  • noun That which is suggested; an intimation; an insinuation; a hint; a different proposal or mention; also, formerly, a secret incitement; temptation.
  • noun obsolete Charge; complaint; accusation.
  • noun (Law) Information without oath; an entry of a material fact or circumstance on the record for the information of the court, at the death or insolvency of a party.
  • noun (Physiol. & Metaph.) The act or power of originating or recalling ideas or relations, distinguished as original and relative; -- a term much used by Scottish metaphysicians from Hutcherson to Thomas Brown.
  • noun (Hypnotism) The control of the mind of an hypnotic subject by ideas in the mind of the hypnotizer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable Something suggested (with subsequent adposition being for)
  • noun uncountable The act of suggesting.
  • noun countable, psychology Something implied, which the mind is liable to take as fact.

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

  • noun the sequential mental process in which one thought leads to another by association
  • noun persuasion formulated as a suggestion
  • noun an idea that is suggested
  • noun the act of inducing hypnosis
  • noun a just detectable amount
  • noun a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

Etymologies

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From Anglo-Norman suggestioun, Old French suggestion (modern French suggestion), from Latin suggestio, from suggero ("suggest").

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