proponent

noun
pro·po·nent | \prə-ˈpō-nənt, ˈprō-ˌpō-\

Definition of proponent 

: one who argues in favor of something : advocate

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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.

Examples of proponent in a Sentence

a vocal proponent of the use of electric-powered cars

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Dempsey’s group has been a huge proponent of smarter tolling, the idea of tinkering with toll prices to ease congestion at rush hour. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "With millionaires tax off the ballot, how else do we pay for transportation and education?," 19 June 2018 Governor Cuomo has been an outspoken proponent of the need to help Puerto Rico after the September storm. Rebecca Gibian And Deepti Hajela, The Christian Science Monitor, "Puerto Rican Day Parade participants celebrate and mourn," 11 June 2018 Cuomo has been an outspoken proponent of the need to help Puerto Rico after the September storm. Rebecca Gibian, The Seattle Times, "Puerto Rican Day Parade displays post-hurricane pride," 10 June 2018 Allison is a proponent of people connecting more with their own anecdotes. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Kevin Allison gets Risk-y in Orlando," 8 June 2018 Hogg, who survived the February 14 attack at the Parkland school where 17 students and faculty were killed in minutes, has been a vocal proponent of sane gun laws. Kevin Conlon, CNN, "The home of Parkland survivor David Hogg was swatted this morning," 5 June 2018 The video alleged that David Hogg — a 17-year-old survivor of the Parkland shooting, who had become a compelling and sympathetic proponent of gun control, making the rounds on cable news — was an actor. Brian Resnick, Vox, "9 essential lessons from psychology to understand the Trump era," 11 Apr. 2018 Paul has played a central role in persuading McConnell to become a proponent for the hemp industry. Mike Debonis, Washington Post, "Mitch McConnell renews push to legalize industrial hemp," 26 Mar. 2018 Paul has played a central role in persuading McConnell to become a proponent for the hemp industry. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Mitch McConnell renews push to legalize industrial hemp," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of proponent

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proponent

Latin proponent-, proponens, present participle of proponere

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proponent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of proponent

: a person who argues for or supports something

proponent

noun
pro·po·nent | \prə-ˈpō-nənt \

Legal Definition of proponent 

1 : one who argues in favor of something

2 : one who offers a will for probate

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