proponent

noun
pro·​po·​nent | \ prə-ˈpō-nənt How to pronounce proponent (audio) , 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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Despite its apparent failure to captivate at least a couple of his relievers, Kapler remains a big proponent of Silver’s creation. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Breaking down the advanced metric Gabe Kapler uses to evaluate his bullpen arms," 25 May 2018 But Sanders and other stalwart single-payer proponents see health care as fundamentally different from other commodities and believe the government should guarantee health coverage. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Is employer-sponsored insurance really a good deal for workers?," 7 Feb. 2019 At the turn of the 20th century, the American Craftsman architectural movement spun out of the British Arts and Crafts movement, a similar response to the Industrial Revolution in Europe, which proponents felt devalued human labor. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason Original Craftsman Style Homes Are Still Around After 100 Years," 21 Nov. 2018 One apparent QAnon proponent was arrested after blocking the Hoover Dam in June. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Reddit has banned the QAnon conspiracy subreddit r/GreatAwakening," 12 Sep. 2018 Lost in the antiwool fervor, proponents of the fiber say, is that a happy sheep is one getting a regular shave. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Fiber Optics: Wool Lovers Battle Animal-Rights Crowd Over Sheep Shearing," 7 Jan. 2019 The knowledge test is a big sticking point for proponents. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Regulatory Overhaul Could Drastically Change Who Can Fly Drones in the U.S.," 28 Sep. 2018 All of the artists were chosen as major proponents of how contemporary art is developing and evolving. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Inside the Interactive Maze Gripping the Milan Art World," 27 Sep. 2018 This split jurisdiction … creates a confusing permitting landscape for project proponents. Insider Staff Report, Science | AAAS, "Trump’s plan to reshuffle government strikes familiar notes," 21 June 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 How to pronounce proponent (audio) \

Legal Definition of proponent

1 : one who argues in favor of something
2 : one who offers a will for probate

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