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
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.
Proponents of the song have accused some broadcasters of censorship for not playing the song, including the BBC.
Proponents argue that when animals build these artificial structures, natural selection starts to modify the structure and the animal in a reciprocal loop.
Israeli proponents of partition used to speak the language of peace: the Palestinians deserve their own state, and their oppression is a bad thing.
Israeli proponents of partition used to speak the language of peace: the Palestinians deserve their own state, and their oppression under the current arrangement, even if inevitable on security grounds, is a bad thing.
Exports accounted for over a quarter of its economic output in 2016, and as such, the country is one of the biggest proponents of free trade.
Sotelo of Thorsun, a proponent of men being adventurous (and comfortable doing so), says wearing a Speedo is the ultimate sign of self-confidence, and the unequivocally best way to highlight those hours at the gym.
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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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