[ prop-uh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌprɒp əˈzɪʃ ən /


verb (used with object)

to propose sexual relations to.
to propose a plan, deal, etc., to.

Origin of proposition

1300–50; Middle English proposicio(u)n < Latin prōpositiōn- (stem of prōpositiō) a setting forth. See propositus, -ion

Related forms

prop·o·si·tion·al, adjectiveprop·o·si·tion·al·ly, adverbun·der·prop·o·si·tion, noun

Can be confused

preposition proposition (see usage note at preposition1) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for proposition

British Dictionary definitions for proposition


/ (ˌprɒpəˈzɪʃən) /


a proposal or topic presented for consideration
  1. the content of a sentence that affirms or denies something and is capable of being true or false
  2. 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

Derived Forms

propositional, adjectivepropositionally, adverb

Word Origin for proposition

C14 proposicioun, from Latin prōpositiō a setting forth; see propose
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