[ pruh-poh-zuhl ]
/ prəˈpoʊ zəl /


the act of offering or suggesting something for acceptance, adoption, or performance.
a plan or scheme proposed.
an offer or suggestion of marriage.

Nearby words

  1. proportional spacing,
  2. proportionality,
  3. proportionate,
  4. proportioned,
  5. proportionment,
  6. propose,
  7. proposition,
  8. propositional attitude,
  9. propositional calculus,
  10. propositional function

Origin of proposal

First recorded in 1645–55; propose + -al2

1. recommendation. 2. suggestion, design. Proposal, overture, proposition refer to something in the nature of an offer. A proposal is a plan, a scheme, an offer to be accepted or rejected: to make proposals for peace. An overture is a friendly approach, an opening move (perhaps involving a proposal) tentatively looking toward the settlement of a controversy or else preparing the way for a proposal or the like: to make overtures to an enemy. Proposition, used in mathematics to refer to a formal statement of truth, and often including the proof or demonstration of the statement, has something of this same meaning when used nontechnically (particularly in business). A proposition is a proposal in which the terms are clearly stated and their advantageous nature emphasized: His proposition involved a large discount to the retailer.

Related formsmis·pro·pos·al, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proposal


/ (prəˈpəʊzəl) /


the act of proposing
something proposed, as a plan
an offer, esp of marriage
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Word Origin and History for proposal



1650s, from propose + -al (2); specific sense of "offer of marriage" is from 1749.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper