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

First recorded in 1645–55; propose + -al2
Related formsmis·pro·pos·al, noun

Synonyms for proposal

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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.
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Related Words for proposal

proposition, motion, overture, outline, offer, bid, idea, project, program, plan, recommendation, scheme, picture, terms, scenario, pitch, setup, feeler, design, pass

Examples from the Web for proposal

Contemporary Examples of proposal

Historical Examples of proposal

  • She had feared he might rush his proposal through that night; he had been so much in earnest.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • As she had two protectors against a fifth proposal of marriage, she stood her ground.


    William J. Locke

  • What she was thinking of he could not tell, but he made at once the proposal.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The proposal was accepted, and Paches marched his forces into the town.

  • "No, no; thank you," gasped the boy, aghast at the reckless audacity of the proposal.

British Dictionary definitions for proposal


  1. the act of proposing
  2. something proposed, as a plan
  3. 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.

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