Definition of suggestive in English:



  • 1Tending to suggest an idea.

    ‘there were various suggestive pieces of evidence’
    • ‘Their essays highlight the extent to which politics was in flux during this period, a point reinforced by Christophe Prochasson in his suggestive piece.’
    • ‘Accordingly, there is suggestive evidence that intentions, and factors associated with the growth intention, may vary by gender.’
    • ‘Powers sifts psychological and historical evidence in a suggestive but inconclusive search for convincing connections.’
    • ‘Thus, there is some suggestive evidence consistent with our second hypothesis, although there have been no direct tests.’
    • ‘However, much of the evidence remains suggestive rather than conclusive because all studies are based on natural matings.’
    • ‘Another suggestive piece of evidence is comparison with dogs that remain on the other side of the long vanished Asia-North America land connection.’
    • ‘As part of some larger argument or larger body of evidence this might be suggestive evidence.’
    • ‘The regulations adopted in Shanghai will provide suggestive ideas for national AIDS legislation.’
    • ‘The normalized deviate of the ratio trait also demonstrated suggestive evidence of linkage in this region with a LOD of 2.63.’
    • ‘Both nonspecialists and specialists in Tillich's theology will find here ideas suggestive for contemporary teaching and preaching.’
    • ‘But hard evidence for this human contribution simply does not exist; the evidence we have is suggestive at best.’
    • ‘It may well be that contact with oriental cosmology and theology helped to liberate their imagination; it certainly gave them many suggestive ideas.’
    • ‘But Walsh believes the sheer volume of suggestive evidence makes it convincing.’
    • ‘There is some suggestive evidence that it causes some people to have suicidal thinking and some suicidal behavior.’
    • ‘There was suggestive but inconclusive evidence that predation rates also declined with increasing wave forces.’
    • ‘Every once in a while it is refreshing to put aside detailed academic monographs in favor of shorter studies that are full of suggestive concepts and ideas.’
    • ‘In fact, these failures to replicate provide suggestive evidence on the conditions under which the interaction will or will not appear.’
    • ‘Since then, studies in transgenic mice have produced suggestive evidence that a link exists.’
    • ‘The piece is suggestive rather than explicit, and passive in the way it interacts with or on the audience.’
    • ‘The researchers also found suggestive but inconclusive evidence that erythropoietin may improve overall survival.’
    1. 1.1 Indicative or evocative.
      ‘flavourssuggestive of coffee and blackberry’
      • ‘The very word ‘automatic’ is suggestive of control being wrested from human beings and surrendered to the machine.’
      • ‘The majority of patients have symptoms suggestive of an infection of the upper respiratory tract at the onset of the episodes.’
      • ‘Baseline information included questions about symptoms suggestive of asthma as well as any confirmed diagnosis of the condition.’
      • ‘Symptoms suggestive of LV failure are related primarily to pulmonary edema, and include a persistent cough and dyspnea.’
      • ‘Patients were instructed to report to the clinic immediately when they had symptoms suggestive of an acute pulmonary exacerbation.’
      • ‘The lyrics are merely picturesque and somewhat reminiscent and suggestive of far-away places.’
      • ‘Diagnostic genetic testing refers to the use of a gene test in a patient who has symptoms suggestive of Huntington's disease, with or without a family history.’
      • ‘Steel cables are more typically found on boats and the hanging spheres are suggestive of the ingenious way the small spaces in cabins are kitted out.’
      • ‘The fragmented pieces of captured text are projected onto a blank white wall to create subtly shifting images suggestive of bygone worlds.’
      • ‘Low-dose treatment should not be used in patients with symptoms suggestive of temporal arteritis.’
      • ‘There is also a splendid view from Cave Hill over the lough to the south shore where there are mountains more suggestive of volcanic Polynesia than Cultra and Holywood.’
      • ‘Her photographs are staged and suggestive of narrative and literature, focusing mainly on female characters.’
      • ‘Laurence Eastwood's set, elegant and subtly suggestive of its inhabitant's character, also deserves a mention.’
      • ‘The canker is suggestive of the character weaknesses, hurtful habits and secret sins that lurk below the surface of our respectability until exposed by extreme stress.’
      • ‘The alternate names chosen for the three characters are suggestive of the values depicted by the original roles in tune with Ramayana.’
      • ‘The palatial swagger of Vanbrugh's Castle Howard is suggestive of its patron's pride in the lineage of the Howard family and its place in history.’
      • ‘Several patients continued taking alendronate after the occurrence of symptoms suggestive of esophageal irritation.’
      • ‘Electrolyte levels should be monitored, and patients should report any signs or symptoms suggestive of electrolyte imbalance.’
      • ‘She paints objects, often in an enlarged or abstracted way, that are suggestive of ‘guides’ that shape our lives.’
      • ‘These indications were suggestive of six previous hybridization events between the two native carnivores.’
      redolent, evocative, reminiscent
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    2. 1.2 Making someone think of sexual matters.
      ‘a suggestive remark’
      • ‘They claimed the poster was ‘indecent, sexually suggestive and demeaning to men’.’
      • ‘The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland differentiates between nudity and suggestive sexual imagery.’
      • ‘Sexually suggestive graffiti was also scrawled on the school walls.’
      • ‘If he persists, however, in hitting on you and continuing with the suggestive remarks, then, indeed, you have a harassment case.’
      • ‘She describes these rages as often provoked by strangers on the street who whistle at her or make some sexually suggestive remark.’
      • ‘The couple had stepped into the gallery briefly and the suggestive subject matter of the art on the walls caused an abrupt about face.’
      • ‘Of course, no matter how suggestive his lyrics, Kelly is entitled to the presumption of innocence.’
      • ‘Explicitly sexual lyrics and suggestive dancing have sparked scathing newspaper columns and local judges have banned minors from attending the dances.’
      • ‘Through Lowson's kitchen window we see an anatomically suggestive, sexually charged landscape, and so it is with many of these poems.’
      • ‘She gives him a playfully sexually suggestive smile.’
      • ‘Exposing children to the sexually suggestive gyrations seen in most film songs is actually sex abuse in the case of a child, says Dr. John.’
      • ‘This guy sitting behind me in one of my classes always makes suggestive remarks.’
      • ‘She opens the letter to reveal a series of photographs of herself, taken in suggestive positions and compromising sexual activities around the house.’
      • ‘A driver who left a woman passenger terror stricken when he drove her past her home also lost his licence, as did a driver who made sexually suggestive remarks to a passenger.’
      • ‘The Texas House of Representatives, struggling to find ways of filling their days, passed a bill that would outlaw sexually suggestive cheerleading.’
      • ‘Films oscillate between sensuality and vulgarity, between suggestive sexuality and indecent exposure.’
      • ‘In October, WDIA and several other large popular music radio stations ban several songs for their sexually suggestive lyrics.’
      • ‘A suggestive remark such as that would usually make me smack the person on the face.’
      • ‘But Davis is said to have continued his harassment by sending a sexually suggestive letter to the officer from his new prison.’
      indecent, indelicate, improper, unseemly, titillating, provocative, sexual, sexy, off colour, smutty, dirty, ribald, bawdy, racy, blue, risqué, juicy, lewd, vulgar, coarse, salacious, prurient
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