[prop-uh-zish-uh n]


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 formsprop·o·si·tion·al, adjectiveprop·o·si·tion·al·ly, adverbun·der·prop·o·si·tion, noun
Can be confusedpreposition proposition (see usage note at preposition1)

Synonyms for proposition

2. See proposal. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proposition



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 Formspropositional, adjectivepropositionally, adverb

Word Origin for proposition

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

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