- 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 propositioned
"I got propositioned by a photographer...a male," Cooper, who began modeling at age ten, told the radio personality.Anderson Cooper Was Propositioned by a Photographer as a Child Model
April 2, 2014
She briefly described the exchange in a later podcast without revealing the identity of the man who propositioned her.The Masculine Mystique
R. Tod Kelly
October 20, 2013
For me, it was the professor who I thought admired my writing until he propositioned me.Cain Accuser's Story Rings True
November 8, 2011
- 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 propositioned
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.