Definition of suggestive in US English:



  • 1Tending to suggest an idea.

    ‘there were various suggestive pieces of evidence’
    • ‘The piece is suggestive rather than explicit, and passive in the way it interacts with or on the audience.’
    • ‘The regulations adopted in Shanghai will provide suggestive ideas for national AIDS legislation.’
    • ‘Powers sifts psychological and historical evidence in a suggestive but inconclusive search for convincing connections.’
    • ‘As part of some larger argument or larger body of evidence this might be suggestive evidence.’
    • ‘Thus, there is some suggestive evidence consistent with our second hypothesis, although there have been no direct tests.’
    • ‘Since then, studies in transgenic mice have produced suggestive evidence that a link exists.’
    • ‘The researchers also found suggestive but inconclusive evidence that erythropoietin may improve overall survival.’
    • ‘Their essays highlight the extent to which politics was in flux during this period, a point reinforced by Christophe Prochasson in his suggestive piece.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Accordingly, there is suggestive evidence that intentions, and factors associated with the growth intention, may vary by gender.’
    • ‘There was suggestive but inconclusive evidence that predation rates also declined with increasing wave forces.’
    • ‘In fact, these failures to replicate provide suggestive evidence on the conditions under which the interaction will or will not appear.’
    • ‘There is some suggestive evidence that it causes some people to have suicidal thinking and some suicidal behavior.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The normalized deviate of the ratio trait also demonstrated suggestive evidence of linkage in this region with a LOD of 2.63.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But hard evidence for this human contribution simply does not exist; the evidence we have is suggestive at best.’
    • ‘Both nonspecialists and specialists in Tillich's theology will find here ideas suggestive for contemporary teaching and preaching.’
    1. 1.1 Indicative or evocative.
      ‘flavorssuggestive of coffee and blackberry’
      • ‘Symptoms suggestive of LV failure are related primarily to pulmonary edema, and include a persistent cough and dyspnea.’
      • ‘Low-dose treatment should not be used in patients with symptoms suggestive of temporal arteritis.’
      • ‘These indications were suggestive of six previous hybridization events between the two native carnivores.’
      • ‘The majority of patients have symptoms suggestive of an infection of the upper respiratory tract at the onset of the episodes.’
      • ‘The very word ‘automatic’ is suggestive of control being wrested from human beings and surrendered to the machine.’
      • ‘Several patients continued taking alendronate after the occurrence of symptoms suggestive of esophageal irritation.’
      • ‘Her photographs are staged and suggestive of narrative and literature, focusing mainly on female characters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Laurence Eastwood's set, elegant and subtly suggestive of its inhabitant's character, also deserves a mention.’
      • ‘The fragmented pieces of captured text are projected onto a blank white wall to create subtly shifting images suggestive of bygone worlds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Electrolyte levels should be monitored, and patients should report any signs or symptoms suggestive of electrolyte imbalance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Baseline information included questions about symptoms suggestive of asthma as well as any confirmed diagnosis of the condition.’
      • ‘The lyrics are merely picturesque and somewhat reminiscent and suggestive of far-away places.’
      • ‘The alternate names chosen for the three characters are suggestive of the values depicted by the original roles in tune with Ramayana.’
      • ‘She paints objects, often in an enlarged or abstracted way, that are suggestive of ‘guides’ that shape our lives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Patients were instructed to report to the clinic immediately when they had symptoms suggestive of an acute pulmonary exacerbation.’
      • ‘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.’
      redolent, evocative, reminiscent
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    2. 1.2 Making someone think of sex and sexual relationships.
      ‘a suggestive remark’
      • ‘They claimed the poster was ‘indecent, sexually suggestive and demeaning to men’.’
      • ‘In October, WDIA and several other large popular music radio stations ban several songs for their sexually suggestive lyrics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Films oscillate between sensuality and vulgarity, between suggestive sexuality and indecent exposure.’
      • ‘A suggestive remark such as that would usually make me smack the person on the face.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Texas House of Representatives, struggling to find ways of filling their days, passed a bill that would outlaw sexually suggestive cheerleading.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course, no matter how suggestive his lyrics, Kelly is entitled to the presumption of innocence.’
      • ‘She opens the letter to reveal a series of photographs of herself, taken in suggestive positions and compromising sexual activities around the house.’
      • ‘This guy sitting behind me in one of my classes always makes suggestive remarks.’
      • ‘But Davis is said to have continued his harassment by sending a sexually suggestive letter to the officer from his new prison.’
      • ‘Sexually suggestive graffiti was also scrawled on the school walls.’
      • ‘The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland differentiates between nudity and suggestive sexual imagery.’
      • ‘She gives him a playfully sexually suggestive smile.’
      • ‘The couple had stepped into the gallery briefly and the suggestive subject matter of the art on the walls caused an abrupt about face.’
      • ‘She describes these rages as often provoked by strangers on the street who whistle at her or make some sexually suggestive remark.’
      • ‘If he persists, however, in hitting on you and continuing with the suggestive remarks, then, indeed, you have a harassment case.’
      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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