- 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 propositions
Later, he propositions Peggy once more, this time in her office.Mad Men’s ‘The Runaways’: Three-Way Sex and Self-Mutilation in the Craziest Episode Yet
May 12, 2014
He brought me cookies his wife made and he propositions me while I'm eating one.What Porn Stars Want in 2014 (and Their Wildest Moments of Last Year)
January 4, 2014
But over the past year, the evidence in support of all three propositions has just kept mounting.Fannie Mae Just Made a $59.3B Payment—and It’s All Deficit Reduction
June 28, 2013
Obama committed the U.S. to two propositions on Sunday, in his 60 Minutes interview.Obama Puts the Squeeze on Pakistan's Zardari
May 9, 2011
All the propositions which he introduced were for the welfare and benefit of the people.Cleveland Past and Present
But your propositions run out of one ear as they ran in at the other.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
But there is no harmony, he said, in the two propositions that knowledge is recollection, and that the soul is a harmony.Phaedo
Such are the modes in which propositions and terms may be ambiguous.'Euthydemus
The propositions were favourably received, and by no less a person than Nauclidas.Hellenica
- 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 propositions
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.