Definition of suggestion in English:



  • 1An idea or plan put forward for consideration.

    ‘here are some suggestions for tackling the problem’
    • ‘He also provides detailed suggestions for structuring and refining the instrument.’
    • ‘He will only listen to suggestions for modifying the scheme.’
    • ‘What were his suggestions for improving higher education in all parts of India?’
    • ‘The booklet had a list of propositions, or suggestions for changes on the city and state levels.’
    • ‘Seek good suggestions for improvement from your staff and implement their ideas.’
    • ‘Links, submissions and suggestions for the site are of course very welcome.’
    • ‘The headteacher of Radcliffe's new high school is inviting people to put forward suggestions for its name.’
    • ‘The meeting is open to all and an ideal opportunity for anyone with ideas or suggestions to put them forward for discussion.’
    • ‘Rousseau went much further than constructive, intelligent suggestions for urban planning.’
    • ‘She says the conference has given her ideas and suggestions for making teaching and learning fun.’
    • ‘However, this dilemma has given me an idea - I want your suggestions for titles for my blog posts.’
    • ‘She found this project exciting to work on because the owner was very open to new ideas and suggestions for his premises.’
    • ‘The group will meet again in September and are looking forward to suggestions for the development of the field.’
    • ‘I'm open to suggestions for additional good news sources, especially foreign ones.’
    • ‘I have some suggestions for serious consideration by the august committee.’
    • ‘Residents and community groups are being asked to put forward suggestions for the future use of a disused Bradford church.’
    • ‘I am open to all suggestions and ideas as to how we can make this project successful.’
    • ‘A three year plan will be drafted at this meeting and all present are welcome to contribute ideas and suggestions to that plan.’
    • ‘Next week, I intend to share your thoughtful suggestions for action with my students.’
    • ‘The authors offer a few suggestions for policy change, but pay limited attention to such matters.’
    proposal, proposition, motion, submission, recommendation
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action of suggesting something.
      ‘at my suggestion, the museum held an exhibition of his work’
      • ‘At their suggestion I sent a complaint there and was rewarded with an anodyne standard letter which was obviously sent out to all complainants but which dealt with none of the points I raised.’
      • ‘At his suggestion I tackled the Judeo-German Weiber literature.’
      • ‘I am also rather annoyed at his suggestion that the RAF does nothing about reducing the noise when in fact they make strenuous efforts to keep noise to a minimum as do most responsible aviation bodies.’
      • ‘But Gorbachev too was influenced by Western disarmament groups, and even initiated a nuclear testing moratorium at their suggestion.’
      • ‘In 1802 she wrote an admiring letter to Sir W. Scott, who found some merit in her poetry and edited her works in three volumes, with a memoir, in 1810, at her suggestion.’
      • ‘At his suggestion we go diving in the blue grottoes offshore.’
      • ‘Insp Dowling was previously the section commander at the Devizes town police station and it was at his suggestion that the alcohol-free zone in the town centre was set up.’
      • ‘At her suggestion, I'm to not spend anymore than 20 minutes at a time on my feet and I should be taking 20 minute breaks in-between walking around.’
      • ‘Later, at a news conference, Mihailova stated that the decision to withdraw confidence in the candidate was taken at her suggestion.’
      • ‘‘Yeah, that's what I thought they'd do,’ said Corrigan on Wednesday, smiling at the suggestion.’
      • ‘This morning, at my suggestion, we went down to Taunton to tour the agents.’
      • ‘At my suggestion as Party Chair, the Minnesota Republican Party sued on this issue.’
      • ‘I have prepared and am faxing to Ian, at his suggestion, a draft loan agreement to be entered into by you, with Burton Holdings, and a copy of this is enclosed to you for your information.’
      • ‘At his suggestion, she studied dentistry from 1923-26 and then worked as a dental technician until 1933.’
      • ‘At my suggestion, my 78-year-old mother has given my son a Thrasher subscription as a Christmas gift for the past several years.’
      • ‘At my suggestion and upon that provided by several patients, the Mastocytosis Society has sent a questionnaire to all its patient members.’
      • ‘It was a nickname given to me by my peers - at my suggestion.’
      • ‘Kitchener, however, struck up an amicable relationship with Botha and most of the other Boer leaders and at his suggestion on April 18th they left to consult their commandos.’
      • ‘We gathered our things, he paid our bill, with a generous tip, at my suggestion, and we made our way through the unpleasant crowd to the doors.’
      • ‘At my suggestion, my wife agreed to e-mail Rita to tell her that I am not sick after all, and that she and I are not sleeping together.’
      insinuation, hint, implication, intimation, innuendo, imputation
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  • 2Something that implies or indicates a certain fact or situation.

    ‘there is no suggestion that he was involved in any wrongdoing’
    • ‘There is a covert inference, a suggestion in fact, that there is a better way of speaking about this experience.’
    • ‘There is no suggestion, never mind evidence, that the appellant pleaded guilty only to at a stage where he felt he was in a position to do so.’
    • ‘In fact, there are suggestions that the reverse may be true in some cases.’
    • ‘Initial feelings were that the steering in this much larger and heavier car was not as precise as with the smaller C 200, but it was more of a suggestion than actual fact.’
    • ‘Further verbal irony is implied with the suggestion that Orion has been walking ‘in darkness too long.’’
    • ‘A suggestion was made, in fact, in the New York Times this weekend that the Internet is in its character a very American kind of place as opposed to a European or Asian kind of place.’
    • ‘In fact, he even takes issue with the suggestion that last week's performance by his party should be regarded as a failure.’
    • ‘Grimness, in its suggestion of a dire situation, of even a hopeless one, makes it pretty difficult to take issue.’
    • ‘Some suggestions indicate the damage could have been inflicted by a female or someone who held a grudge against the firm.’
    • ‘His suggestion also implies making heroin more freely available to people with problems.’
    • ‘Thus, while it was not the only factor, there was a suggestion that the fact that resources were limited had influenced the Authority.’
    • ‘There were suggestions that in fact a confession video was made before the act itself.’
    • ‘All I hope to add to this debate is the suggestion that cultural similarities may, in fact, cause more trouble than differences.’
    • ‘Robertson said that the suggestion implied that athletes were being unpatriotic competing for Team GB.’
    • ‘For you to even make such a suggestion strongly implies that you're really not interested in a serious debate on this issue.’
    • ‘With a slightly offended air and a breathtaking ability to ignore the facts he says there is no foundation for such a suggestion.’
    • ‘This suggestion clearly implies that the animals were feral, or even simply free-roaming domesticated herds, rather than genuinely wild.’
    • ‘There was a suggestion that the very fact the trial was held in Mayo guaranteed that the defendant would not be found guilty of murder.’
    • ‘I mean, the other day there was a suggestion that in fact the ice sheet is getting thicker for various reasons.’
    • ‘Also implied was the suggestion that femininity coupled with an aggressive stance is desirable.’
    • ‘Let us look more closely at the suggestion that mathematical truths imply the existence of mathematical objects, conceived as a species of abstract objects.’
    insinuation, hint, implication, intimation, innuendo, imputation
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    1. 2.1A slight indication of something.
      ‘there was a suggestion of a smile on his lips’
      • ‘Only at the Mpi locus was there a slight suggestion of a deficiency of heterozygotes.’
      • ‘The Andante was played with melting beauty, but without the slightest suggestion of heavy handedness.’
      • ‘She knows that it wouldn't help my cause if there was even the slightest suggestion of immorality attached to my name-even as a denial.’
      • ‘It was always how Benji reacted at the slightest suggestion of any such thing.’
      • ‘It even comes with a hefty chunk of lemon, in addition to the salt and vinegar [which was disappointingly run of the mill, with not the slightest suggestion of rose Perry vinegar or Caspian salt flakes].’
      • ‘With the slightest suggestion of an audience, she radiates.’
      • ‘In none of them is there the slightest suggestion of allegory or of otherwise disconnecting it from physical temporal reality.’
      • ‘It just goes to show how malleable women are when there's the slightest suggestion of beauty and youth.’
      • ‘Be advised they'll also be in no mood to tolerate even the slightest suggestion of possessiveness.’
      • ‘He looks the age and although his character still appears fit, his mannerisms have just a slight suggestion of slowness to them.’
      • ‘Eden was born in the heart of Geordie country but spoke without the slightest suggestion of it.’
      • ‘His command is built on a tightrope of mixed emotions, a powder keg ready to explode at the slightest suggestion of disrespect.’
      • ‘She's always on the edge of her chair, ready to pounce at the slightest suggestion of a whisper.’
      • ‘I set her upright, she smoothed her jacket and, not looking to me for even a moment, took her leave of the carriage with the vaguest suggestion of a smile on her face.’
      • ‘It is a knowing smile with the suggestion of having known too much.’
      • ‘Year upon year, traffic is brought into chaos with the slightest suggestion of a snowfall.’
      • ‘This is particularly true of nicotine where there is not even the slightest suggestion of compulsive use in laboratory species.’
      • ‘A wonderful feeling for style, without the slightest suggestion of cheap effects or sentimentality.’
      • ‘Sporangia are fusiform with the suggestion of a slight twist at the base.’
      • ‘There was not the slightest suggestion of any form of persecution at all.’
      hint, trace, touch, suspicion, tinge, modicum, dash, soupçon
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  • 3[mass noun] The action of calling up an idea in someone's mind by associating it with other things.

    ‘the power of suggestion’
    • ‘An inciter is one who reaches and seeks to influence the mind of another by suggestion, request, proposal, argument, persuasion or inducement.’
    • ‘This seems to me remarkable in its power of suggestion.’
    • ‘I want to say that although you cannot be possessed by demons they can implant thoughts in your mind through suggestion.’
    • ‘However, our study does reveal many interesting psychological factors associated with experimenter suggestion.’
    • ‘Where usually the power of suggestion would suffice, he delves into the reality of that violence and its consequences without censorship.’
    • ‘‘The power of suggestion is a big factor in all medicine,’ he said.’
    • ‘The power of hypnotic suggestion is highly underestimated.’
    • ‘Should we gloss over them as proof of the power of suggestion to treat psychosomatic illness?’
    • ‘It's the power of subconscious suggestion of video clips and violent lyrics.’
    • ‘It was probably some kind of subliminal suggestion in his mind, at the sight of the same kind of demon that he would always associate with Doyle's death.’
    • ‘You're not asleep, you're not awake; sort of a relaxed state of mind where you're more susceptible to the power of suggestion.’
    • ‘In some cases, they create the illnesses themselves through their power of suggestion and the receptiveness of their subjects.’
    • ‘Most scientists now agree he was kidding himself: it was the power of positive suggestion, not some positive ingestion.’
    • ‘It apparently did not occur to Gary that maybe he had tapped into the placebo effect or the power of suggestion.’
    • ‘Something that has remained is that nothing is more powerful than the power of suggestion, and these rituals make a person believe that they are free or even guarded from evil.’
    • ‘Though it may be the power of suggestion, the firsthand knowledge implanted in the piece is obvious on stage.’
    • ‘Individuals so conditioned can merely repeat the thoughts which have been implanted in their minds by suggestion from outside.’
    • ‘I can laugh about it now, but it taught me a lesson about thinking things out and on the power of expectations and suggestion.’
    • ‘Furthermore, it is possible to create false memories in people's minds by suggestion, even false memories of previous lives.’
    • ‘Human minds are highly susceptible to the power of suggestion and will therefore believe things about themselves that others do not.’
    1. 3.1Psychology The action of influencing a person to accept an idea or belief uncritically, especially as a technique in hypnosis.
      • ‘Freud usually claimed that psychoanalysis was a treatment in which direct influence and suggestion played little part.’
      • ‘Neuroscience has not fully exploited hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion as experimental tools.’
      • ‘Techniques of suggestion are compatible neither with the analytic attitude that Symington describes nor the therapeutic attitude that Cervantes describes.’
      • ‘You also have devices that can be used to implant ideas through subliminal suggestion.’
      • ‘Previous work also suggests that people who believe in the paranormal may be more likely to be influenced by suggestion than disbelievers.’
    2. 3.2Psychology [count noun]An idea or belief accepted by a person as a result of suggestion.
      • ‘Under hypnosis, the rational brain is bypassed, and suggestions are made directly to the subconscious mind.’
      • ‘I have many other reasons to believe that this is a telepathic suggestion.’
      • ‘When you had that reaction to the emergency broadcast system, we implanted a suggestion in your subconscious.’
      • ‘But he did not use hypnosis solely as a means of implanting suggestions of positive health.’
      • ‘These are simply positive suggestions the writer gives to herself while in hypnosis.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘an incitement to evil’): via Old French from Latin suggestio(n-), from the verb suggerere (see suggest).