[ pruh-poh-zuhl ]
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  1. the act of offering or suggesting something for acceptance, adoption, or performance.

  2. a plan or scheme proposed.

  1. an offer or suggestion of marriage.

Origin of proposal

First recorded in 1645–55; propose + -al2

synonym study For proposal

2. 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.

Other words for proposal

Other words from proposal

  • mis·pro·pos·al, noun

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How to use proposal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for proposal


/ (prəˈpəʊzəl) /

  1. the act of proposing

  2. something proposed, as a plan

  1. an offer, esp of marriage

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