proponent

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

Definition of proponent

:one who argues in favor of something :advocate

Examples of proponent in a Sentence

  1. a vocal proponent of the use of electric-powered cars

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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.

Origin and Etymology of proponent

Latin proponent-, proponens, present participle of proponere


PROPONENT Defined for English Language Learners

proponent

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Definition of proponent for English Language Learners

  • : a person who argues for or supports something


Law Dictionary

proponent

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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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