/səˈdʒɛstɪv / (say suh'jestiv)

1. that suggests; tending to suggest thoughts, ideas, etc.
2. relating to hypnotic suggestion.
3. such as to suggest something improper or indecent: *At Bondi, in the early days, the pious lifesavers used to complain about Bodgies and `suggestive sex-dances on the beach'. –figure and vigour, 1952.
suggestively, adverb
suggestiveness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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