noun prop·o·si·tion \ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

: something (such as a plan or offer) that is presented to a person or group of people to consider

: a statement to be proved, explained, or discussed

: something that someone intends to do or deal with

Full Definition of PROPOSITION

a (1) :  something offered for consideration or acceptance :  proposal (2) :  a request for sexual intercourse
b :  the point to be discussed or maintained in argument usually stated in sentence form near the outset
c :  a theorem or problem to be demonstrated or performed
a :  an expression in language or signs of something that can be believed, doubted, or denied or is either true or false
b :  the objective meaning of a proposition
:  something of an indicated kind to be dealt with <the farm was never a paying proposition>
prop·o·si·tion·al \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective


  1. He made an attractive business proposition.
  2. The other company rejected their proposition.
  3. Her theory rejects the basic proposition that humans evolved from apes.
  4. If we accept proposition A as true, then we must accept proposition B as false.
  5. The election will be a tough proposition for the mayor.

First Known Use of PROPOSITION

14th century

Other Logic Terms

a posteriori, connotation, corollary, inference, mutually exclusive, paradox, postulate, syllogism



: to offer to have sex with (someone) in a direct and often offensive way

proposi·tionedproposi·tion·ing \-ˈzi-sh(ə-)niŋ\

Full Definition of PROPOSITION

transitive verb
:  to make a proposal to; especially :  to suggest sexual intercourse to


  1. He was propositioned by a prostitute.
  2. He got drunk and propositioned a woman sitting next to him in the bar.

First Known Use of PROPOSITION

PROPOSITION Defined for Kids


noun prop·o·si·tion \ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of PROPOSITION for Kids

:  something suggested for discussion and thought
:  a statement to be proved, explained, or discussed
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