Suggestion
Suggestion Sug*ges"tion, n. [F. suggestion, L. suggestio.] 1. The act of suggesting; presentation of an idea. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is suggested; an intimation; an insinuation; a hint; a different proposal or mention; also, formerly, a secret incitement; temptation. [1913 Webster]

Why do I yield to that suggestion? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Charge; complaint; accusation. [Obs.] ``A false suggestion.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

6. (Hypnotism) The control of the mind of an hypnotic subject by ideas in the mind of the hypnotizer. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Syn: Hint; allusion; intimation; insinuation.

Usage: {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.'' [1913 Webster]

Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Arthur, whom they say is killed to-night On your suggestion. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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