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

  • adj. Tending to suggest; evocative: artifacts suggestive of an ancient society.
  • adj. Stimulating further thought: "Suggestive here is the Southern, often Western and rural locus of these tales” ( Mark Muro).
  • adj. Conveying a hint or suggestion: conveyed the message with a few suggestive words.
  • adj. Tending to suggest something improper or indecent: a controversial song with highly suggestive lyrics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to suggest or imply.
  • adj. Suggesting romance, sex, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing a suggestion, hint, or intimation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing a suggestion or hint; suggesting what does not appear on the surface; also, full of suggestion; stimulating reflection.
  • Of the nature of, or pertaining to, hypnotic suggestion.
  • n. Something intended to suggest ideas to the mind.

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

  • adj. (usually followed by `of') pointing out or revealing clearly
  • adj. tending to suggest something improper or indecent
  • adj. tending to suggest or imply


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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