Etymology
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suggestion (n.)

mid-14c., "a prompting to evil," from Anglo-French and Old French suggestioun "hint, temptation," from Latin suggestionem (nominative suggestio) "an addition, intimation, suggestion," noun of action from suggestus, past participle of suggerere "bring up, bring under, lay beneath; furnish, afford, supply; prompt," from sub "under; up from below" (see sub-) + gerere "bring, carry" (see gest). Sense evolution in Latin is from "heap up, build" to "bring forward an idea." Meaning "proposal, statement, declaration" appeared by late 14c., but original English notion of "evil prompting" remains in suggestive. Hypnotism sense is from 1887.

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Definitions of suggestion

suggestion (n.)
an idea that is suggested;
the picnic was her suggestion
suggestion (n.)
a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection;
it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse
Synonyms: proposition / proffer
suggestion (n.)
a just detectable amount;
Synonyms: trace / hint / tint
suggestion (n.)
persuasion formulated as a suggestion;
Synonyms: prompting
suggestion (n.)
the sequential mental process in which one thought leads to another by association;
suggestion (n.)
the act of inducing hypnosis;
Synonyms: hypnotism / mesmerism
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