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proponent

[pruh-poh-nuh nt]
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noun
  1. a person who puts forward a proposition or proposal.
  2. a person who argues in favor of something; an advocate.
  3. a personwho supports a cause or doctrine; adherent.
  4. a person who propounds a legal instrument, such as a will for probate.

Origin of proponent

First recorded in 1580–90, proponent is from the Latin word prōpōnent- (stem of prōpōnēns). See propone, -ent
Can be confusedantagonist proponent protagonist

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2, 3. supporter, champion, enthusiast.
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proponent

noun
  1. a person who argues in favour of something
  2. law a person who seeks probate of a will

Word Origin

C16: from Latin prōpōnere to propose
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Word Origin and History for proponent

n.

1580s, "one who brings forth a proposition or argument," from Latin proponentem (nominative proponens), present participle of proponere "put forward" (see propound). In part also a native formation from propone. As an adjective from 1680s.

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