In·ti·ma·tion

An indication or hint.

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"It was the first intimation that Johnny was gonna get lucky."

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The action of making something known, especially in an indirect way.

"She took ages to come to the intimation that she had no slippers on."

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Mid-15c., "action of making known," from Old French intimation (14c.), from Late Latin intimationem (nominative intimatio) "an announcement," noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin intimare "make known, announce, impress" (see intimate (adj.)). Meaning "action of expressing by suggestion or hint, indirect imparting of information" predates to 1530s.

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