- 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
Synonyms for proposition
- 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 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.