- 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 proposition
It stands for the proposition that the biological basis of procreation should also be the sole organizing principle of society.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
An HIV scare, Rand Paul talking points, and a (maybe) proposition.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
The lack of love likely stems from DeMaio's silence on Proposition 8.No Shaking Sexual Harassment Allegations for Gay GOP House Hopeful
October 12, 2014
But the proposition had eventually broken apart in the churning, acidic stomach of Washington politics.Lake Bacon: The Story of The Man Who Wanted Us to Eat Mississippi Hippos
August 10, 2014
I think the proposition is still debatable, or at least still in formation.Hillary Clinton’s Golden Ticket: Paid Family Medical Leave
July 3, 2014
And Mrs. Roberts smiled, and assented to the statement, but not to the proposition.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Here is my proposition: You choose one of those girls and marry her.In the Midst of Alarms
This proposition is one of keen interest in connection with aviation.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
You say that the one proposition is an inference from the other.
This is the proposition which I intended to enforce in the present section.
- 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 proposition
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.