A suggestion is an idea someone proposes. You can accept or reject a suggestion.

When someone gives an order — like in the military — it has to be carried out. On the other hand, a suggestion is an idea that's optional. At a restaurant, a waiter may make a suggestion of a good soup. A friend could make a suggestion of a fun movie. If you're new in town, you might ask for suggestions of good neighborhoods. Suggestions are ideas that can be taken or rejected; it’s up to the person who receives the suggestion.

Definitions of suggestion
  1. noun
    an idea that is suggested
    “the picnic was her suggestion
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    glimmer, glimmering, inkling, intimation
    a slight suggestion or vague understanding
    posthypnotic suggestion
    a suggestion that is made to a person who is hypnotized that specifies an action he will perform (usually in response to a cue) after he has awakened
    type of:
    idea, thought
    the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
  2. noun
    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
    “it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse”
    synonyms: proffer, proposition
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    breath, hint, intimation
    an indirect suggestion
    ghost, touch, trace
    a suggestion of some quality
    advance, approach, feeler, overture
    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    a suggestion of some quality
    type of:
    something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
  3. noun
    the sequential mental process in which one thought leads to another by association
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    type of:
    higher cognitive process
    cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
  4. noun
    persuasion formulated as a suggestion
    synonyms: prompting
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    type of:
    persuasion, suasion
    the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
  5. noun
    the act of inducing hypnosis
    synonyms: hypnotism, mesmerism
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    causing something without any direct or apparent effort
  6. noun
    a just detectable amount
    synonyms: hint, trace
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    a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger
    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
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