- the act of offering or suggesting something to be considered, accepted, adopted, or done.
- a plan or scheme proposed.
- an offer of terms for a transaction, as in business.
- a thing, matter, or person considered as something to be dealt with or encountered: Keeping diplomatic channels open is a serious proposition.
- anything stated or affirmed for discussion or illustration.
- Rhetoric. a statement of the subject of an argument or a discourse, or of the course of action or essential idea to be advocated.
- Logic. a statement in which something is affirmed or denied, so that it can therefore be significantly characterized as either true or false.
- Mathematics. a formal statement of either a truth to be demonstrated or an operation to be performed; a theorem or a problem.
- a proposal of usually illicit sexual relations.
- to propose sexual relations to.
- to propose a plan, deal, etc., to.
Origin of proposition
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Examples from the Web for propositional
(β) A propositional function is necessary when all its values are true.Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays
That is the subject-matter of the propositional part of a classic tragedy.Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas
W. J. Henderson
In theology truth is propositional—tied up in neat parcels, systematized, and arranged in logical order.Natural Law in the Spiritual World
The “Doctrine” is not usually an abstract theological dogma: it is simply the theme of the discourse stated in propositional form.Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards
Call it a propositional function; and, if φx be a propositional function, the undetermined variable x is the argument.
- a proposal or topic presented for consideration
- the content of a sentence that affirms or denies something and is capable of being true or false
- the meaning of such a sentence: I am warm always expresses the same proposition whoever the speaker isCompare statement (def. 8)
- maths a statement or theorem, usually containing its proof
- informal a person or matter to be dealt withhe's a difficult proposition
- an invitation to engage in sexual intercourse
- (tr) to propose a plan, deal, etc, to, esp to engage in sexual intercourse
Word Origin and History for propositional
mid-14c., "a setting forth as a topic for discussion," from Old French proposicion "proposal, submission, (philosophical) proposition" (12c.), from Latin propositionem (nominative propositio) "a setting forth, statement, a presentation, representation; fundamental assumption," noun of action from past participle stem of proponere (see propound). Meaning "action of proposing something to be done" is from late 14c. General sense of "matter, problem, undertaking" recorded by 1877. Related: Propositional.
1914, from proposition (n.); specifically of sexual favors from 1936. Related: Propositioned; propositioning.