verb (used with object)
Origin of proposition
Synonyms for proposition
- 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)
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.