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


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


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

Synonyms for proposition

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Yet as Professor of Physics and Astronomy Chanda Prescod-Weinstein has argued, space exploration and helping people on Earth need not be an either-or proposition. A.d. Carson, The Conversation, 21 July 2021 Either way, Fry, who like Means will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter, represents a tricky proposition for an acquiring team. Jon Meoli,, 19 July 2021 Kentler’s experiment seemed to rest on the idea that some children are fundamentally second class, their outlook so compromised that any kind of love is a gift, a proposition that his colleagues apparently accepted, too. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 In 2015, Google launched Google Photos with the promise of unlimited, free storage and no ads — a money-losing proposition that no stand-alone photo-storage company could compete with., 7 July 2021 In 2015, Google launched Google Photos with the promise of unlimited, free storage and no ads — a money-losing proposition that no stand-alone photo-storage company could compete with. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Although defeating them in 2051 seems like a losing proposition. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2021 By this simple proposition, Bell inverts the whole history of art, much of which has been concerned with the production of simulacra in oil paint, whether depicting angels in heaven or cubes in three dimensions. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Analysts at financial services firm Raymond James said the deal could drive synergies for ZoomInfo’s customers and expand the company’s value proposition. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The letters described a constellation of abuses of power and influence, including being propositioned after class and on yoga retreats, forcibly kissed during private meditation sessions and assaulted on post-yoga massage tables. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2019 And in 2015, an Uber manager was accused of propositioning Susan Fowler, a young site reliability engineer, on her first day on the job. Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2019 The story, which featured Judd publicly accusing Weinstein of propositioning her in 1997, sparked an avalanche of accusations from women who came forward with similar accounts and ultimately numbered 80. Chris Francescani, ABC News, 24 Feb. 2020 Warren did not accuse Reinhardt of ever touching or propositioning her. Bob Egelko,, 21 Feb. 2020 Dugan alleges that prior to her hiring, Katz propositioned her and tried to kiss her at a dinner. Time, 24 Jan. 2020 In 2017, Agrawal was cast out of Thinx just as a former employee filed a complaint claiming that Agrawal groped a staff member’s breasts, exposed herself in the office and propositioned an employee. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 17 Dec. 2019 Johnson denied harassing, groping or propositioning any court colleagues or employees and noted that his chief accuser, Justice Victoria Chaney, had recommended him to then-Gov. Bob Egelko,, 6 Jan. 2020 Fowler says her boss propositioned her and higher-ups ignored her complaints. Fortune, 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of proposition


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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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



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

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


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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