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

That will be a far more expensive proposition, as anyone who survived the first Booze Ballot Battle will tell you. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Cumberland Farms files ballot question to lift cap on liquor licenses," 8 Aug. 2019 Menu details have not been posted (Rocchio says they are still being finished) but for those who like innovative dining, One Door East is an alluring proposition. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "8 picks for great meal deals during Fort Lauderdale restaurant months," 31 July 2019 That’s an incredible value proposition for our brand. Eric Johnson, Vox, "In 10 years, every “relevant” company will be a tech company, Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake says," 24 July 2019 Miller is the architect of the Trump administration’s immigration policy — but staffing an entire federal government with Stephen Millers is an unrealistic proposition. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "How America Got to ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Immigration: The Inside Story," 16 July 2019 Amazon Prime Day is offering sales on more than 1 million products, an overwhelming proposition for most consumers. CBS News, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: Best deals on day 2 of Prime Day," 16 July 2019 Having two of the best players in the league on your team is an appealing proposition and a situation Thompson is quite familiar with. Lila Bromberg, USA TODAY, "NBA free agency: Possible landing spots for Klay Thompson," 27 June 2019 The economics of agriculture make selling misshapen produce an expensive proposition for farmers. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "For “Ugly” Produce, Beauty Is Rind Deep," 29 July 2019 On the conference table rests a tall pile of designs for an Amiri runner — many are intriguing, all rejected, as the whole proposition was eventually. Alex Bhattacharji, latimes.com, "Mike Amiri, L.A.’s rock ’n’ roll designer, now struts on a global stage," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another, who has remained anonymous, told BuzzFeed News that Tyson had propositioned her at a 2010 party for museum employees. Anna North, Vox, "Neil deGrasse Tyson was accused of sexual misconduct by 4 women. He’s keeping all his jobs.," 29 July 2019 Billy propositioned her for a late-night meet-up, but Karen chose her family, instead. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Mrs. Wheeler's Second Pool Outfit in Stranger Things Proves She's Done With Billy for Good," 11 July 2019 The teen said Michel also propositioned him after giving him a ride home, asking to see the boy’s genitals. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, "Westridge Middle employee arrested, accused of molesting students," 9 July 2019 Evidence publicly filed in the state court case outlined claims by half a dozen former scouts who said they were propositioned, molested or intimidated by Betts or Wood. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-LMPD officer pleads guilty to sexually abusing teens in Explorer program," 8 July 2019 One woman, a governmental affairs manager who filed a 2017 complaint against Brough with the Assembly Rules Committee, alleged that Brough propositioned her in a Sacramento hotel lobby. Christine Mai-duc, latimes.com, "Orange County assemblyman accused of misconduct by four women," 26 June 2019 For nearly six minutes, the former legislative staffer sat before a panel of female lawmakers in the Maryland House Office Building, describing how male lawmakers and their aides had propositioned her, rubbed against her, stared at her body. Washington Post, "‘I was touched without permission’: Former Annapolis staffer details harassment," 7 Feb. 2018 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

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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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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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