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proposal

[pruh-poh-zuh l]
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noun
  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

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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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  • 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.

    Viviette

    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

proposal

noun
  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

n.

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

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