Sug*ges"tion (?), n. [F. suggestion, L. suggestio.]


The act of suggesting; presentation of an idea.


That which is suggested; an intimation; an insinuation; a hint; a different proposal or mention; also, formerly, a secret incitement; temptation.

Why do I yield to that suggestion?


Charge; complaint; accusation. [Obs.] "A false suggestion." Chaucer.

4. (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.

5. (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.

Syn. -- Hint; allusion; intimation; insinuation. -- Suggestion, Hint. A hint is the briefest or most indirect mode of calling one's attention to a subject. A suggestion is a putting of something before the mind for consideration, an indirect or guarded mode of presenting argument or advice. A hint is usually something slight or covert, and may by merely negative in its character. A suggestion is ordinarily intended to furnish us with some practical assistance or direction. "He gave me a hint of my danger, and added some suggestions as to the means of avoiding it."

Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.

Arthur, whom they say is killed to-night
On your suggestion.


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Sug*ges"tion (?), n. (Hypnotism)

The control of the mind of an hypnotic subject by ideas in the mind of the hypnotizer.


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