Definition of proponent
: one who argues in favor of something : advocate
Examples of proponent in a Sentence
a vocal proponent of the use of electric-powered cars
Recent Examples of proponent from the Web
Another proponent, Maine dentist Aatif Ansari, posted pro-therapist comments on Facebook during the 2014 debate.
The most vocal proponent of no tipping is Danny Meyer, who in late 2015 instituted the policy at his collection of high-end restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe and the Modern.
Gov. John Kasich, a strong proponent of Medicaid expansion, could ax the freeze with a veto.
Proponents of a Seattle income tax argue that today’s state Supreme Court could interpret the constitution differently and say the city’s proposal could be considered legal.
When used correctly, proponents say the medicine offers the best hope for some addicts, particularly in a state short on treatment.
Is industrial hemp, a variety of cannabis and a relative of marijuana, as versatile and important a crop as some of its proponents believe?
Proponents argue giving women access to birth control benefits all of society.
The Trump administration may be pushing investments in the struggling coal industry, but some proponents of clean energy say now is a great time to invest in technologies for renewables.
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Did You Know?
Proponent comes from the same Latin word as propose, so a proponent is someone who proposes something, or at least supports it by speaking and writing in favor of it. Thus, for example, proponents of casinos argue that they create jobs, whereas proponents of a casino ban—that is, casino opponents—argue that they're corrupting and they take money away from people who can't afford it. As a rule, just about anything important that gets proposed also gets opposed.
Origin and Etymology of proponent
Latin proponent-, proponens, present participle of proponere
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
PROPONENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proponent for English Language Learners
: a person who argues for or supports something
Legal Definition of proponent
1 : one who argues in favor of something
2 : one who offers a will for probate
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