apparent traces of <suggestion>

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Mher85

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Armenian
Hi. I am at a loss to understand the meaning of the word "suggestion" in the following sentence: "I contending that a popular sentiment arising with absolute spontaneity- that is to say, without apparent traces of suggestion- had in itself the unmistakable elements of truth, and was entitled to as much respect as that intuition which is the idiosyncrasy of the individual man of genius." http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/POE/sphinx1.html
 
  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    that is to say, without apparent traces of suggestion = that is to say, without apparent traces of an origin/prompting/prior mention/previous mention/someone putting the idea into their mind/etc.
     

    Mher85

    Senior Member
    Armenian
    Hence, can I substitute the word "suggestion" with the phrase "external interference?" In addition, could you please suggest a close synonym for the phrase "popular sentiment?"
     
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