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proposition

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

Simple Definition of proposition

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  something of an indicated kind to be dealt with <the farm was never a paying proposition>

prop·o·si·tion·al play \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of proposition

  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.



14th Century

First Known Use of proposition

14th century


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proposition

verb prop·o·si·tion

Simple Definition of proposition

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

Full Definition of proposition

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

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

Examples of proposition

  1. He was propositioned by a prostitute.

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



1924

First Known Use of proposition

1924



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