proposition

noun
prop·​o·​si·​tion | \ ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce proposition (audio) \

Definition of proposition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : something offered for consideration or acceptance : proposal
(2) : a request for sexual intercourse
b : the point to be discussed or maintained in argument usually stated in sentence form near the outset
c : a theorem or problem to be demonstrated or performed
2a : an expression in language or signs of something that can be believed, doubted, or denied or is either true or false
b : the objective meaning of a proposition
3 : something of an indicated kind to be dealt with the farm was never a paying proposition

proposition

verb
propositioned; propositioning\ ˌprä-​pə-​ˈzi-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce propositioning (audio) \

Definition of proposition (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a proposal to especially : to suggest sexual intercourse to

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Other Words from proposition

Noun

propositional \ ˌprä-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce propositional (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for proposition

Synonyms: Noun

hypothesis, supposition, theory, thesis

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Examples of proposition in a Sentence

Noun

He made an attractive business proposition. The other company rejected their proposition. Her theory rejects the basic proposition that humans evolved from apes. If we accept proposition “A” as true, then we must accept proposition “B” as false. The election will be a tough proposition for the mayor.

Verb

He was propositioned by a prostitute. He got drunk and propositioned a woman sitting next to him in the bar.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company moved to custom CPUs in the iPhone and iPad, and its silicon crushes the competition in benchmarks, making the value proposition clear. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "What Apple might announce at its October 30 “special event” in Brooklyn," 26 Oct. 2018 Opponents, including some supervisors, were concerned the proposition gave an unfair advantage to incumbent politicians by disqualifying board members from seeking office. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco ban on flavored tobacco, education parcel tax ahead in early vote returns," 5 June 2018 In 1964, Austrian journalist Gerhard Pistor walked into a Vienna travel agency with a simple proposition. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "When Pan Am Promised To Fly Us To the Moon," 28 Feb. 2019 Public campaign contribution records show that some tech workers at companies like Stripe, Airbnb and Pinterest donated to the Yes on C campaign — even as their companies came out against the proposition or didn’t take a stance. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Marc Benioff says he had rabbis and imams supporting the Prop C homelessness tax — but not tech CEOs," 14 Nov. 2018 Ricoh promises to overhaul the entire proposition with a new image sensor, new lens, and new image processing chip. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Ricoh’s ‘ultimate compact’ GR III is coming next year," 25 Sep. 2018 But to economist Joel Waldfogel, author of Scroogenomics, a credo against the inefficiency of holiday gift-giving, gifts are rarely logical propositions. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Consider the Edible Arrangement," 29 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, the service is also being warned that the Pentagon’s defense budget will start shrinking in fiscal year 2020, making the two priorities in the eyes of many analysts an either/or proposition. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Facing a Choice: Nukes or Ships?," 28 Nov. 2018 Those companies, launched with an ethical mission, connect with shoppers on the basis of a style and value proposition; the do-gooding is a bonus. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Is There Really Such a Thing as “Ethical Consumerism?”," 4 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Others said they were repeatedly propositioned or touched inappropriately. Ellen Barry, The Seattle Times, "‘Shocking and abhorrent’ abuse rampant in U.K. Parliament, report says," 15 Oct. 2018 Emergency supplies could also be propositioned at the station. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Maybe NASA's Next Space Station Doesn't Need the Astronauts," 6 Sep. 2018 In one of those, a student had reported that Manweller invited her to a bar in 2006 and propositioned her and a friend to have a threesome, according to records. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Central Washington University fires Rep. Matt Manweller over alleged inappropriate conduct," 14 Aug. 2018 Prosecutors said Augello propositioned a number of people connected with the Pagans for the killing. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A doctor’s wife threatened to expose the opioid ring he ran, so he killed her, officials said.," 10 Jan. 2018 Undercover officers visited all the spas over the course of two days, and Guenther said a masseuse at Gem Spa, 1448 Butterfield Road, propositioned an officer during a June 14 session. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Mundelein masseuse charged with prostitution," 22 June 2018 Lively’s job was to seduce the girls and then proposition them for a prostitution ring. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "True crime: The 'dresser drawer murder' at the Claypool Hotel," 13 July 2018 On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Lena Dunham Gained 24 Pounds—and Is Happier Than Ever," 10 July 2018 Titus tells Kimmy how, as viewers saw in an earlier season, he was propositioned by a Sesame Street puppeteer, or rather, by the man's puppet. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside 'Kimmy Schmidt's' Sexual Harassment Storyline," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of proposition

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of proposition was in the 14th century

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proposition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of proposition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as a plan or offer) that is presented to a person or group of people to consider
: a statement to be proved, explained, or discussed
: something that someone intends to do or deal with

proposition

verb

English Language Learners Definition of proposition (Entry 2 of 2)

: to offer to have sex with (someone) in a direct and often offensive way

proposition

noun
prop·​o·​si·​tion | \ ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce proposition (audio) \

Kids Definition of proposition

1 : something suggested for discussion and thought
2 : a statement to be proved, explained, or discussed

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