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

n an idea that is suggested

“the picnic was her suggestion
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

n a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

“it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse”
proffer, proposition
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
Type of:
something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)

n the sequential mental process in which one thought leads to another by association

Type of:
higher cognitive process
cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use

n persuasion formulated as a suggestion

Type of:
persuasion, suasion
the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action

n the act of inducing hypnosis

hypnotism, mesmerism
Type of:
causing something without any direct or apparent effort

n a just detectable amount

hint, trace
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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