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proposition

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noun prop·o·si·tion \ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of proposition

  1. 1a (1) :  something offered for consideration or acceptance :  proposal (2) :  a request for sexual intercourseb :  the point to be discussed or maintained in argument usually stated in sentence form near the outsetc :  a theorem or problem to be demonstrated or performed

  2. 2a :  an expression in language or signs of something that can be believed, doubted, or denied or is either true or falseb :  the objective meaning of a proposition

  3. 3 :  something of an indicated kind to be dealt with the farm was never a paying proposition

propositional

play \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of proposition in a Sentence

  1. He made an attractive business proposition.

  2. The other company rejected their proposition.

  3. Her theory rejects the basic proposition that humans evolved from apes.

  4. If we accept proposition A as true, then we must accept proposition B as false.

  5. The election will be a tough proposition for the mayor.

Recent Examples of proposition from the Web

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First Known Use of proposition

14th century


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proposition

verb prop·o·si·tion

Definition of proposition

propositioned

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propositioning

\-ˈzi-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make a proposal to; especially :  to suggest sexual intercourse to

Examples of proposition in a Sentence

  1. He was propositioned by a prostitute.

  2. He got drunk and propositioned a woman sitting next to him in the bar.

Recent Examples of proposition from the Web

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First Known Use of proposition

1922


PROPOSITION Defined for English Language Learners

proposition

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noun

Definition of proposition for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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Definition of proposition for English Language Learners

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


PROPOSITION Defined for Kids

proposition

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noun prop·o·si·tion \ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of proposition for Students

  1. 1 :  something suggested for discussion and thought

  2. 2 :  a statement to be proved, explained, or discussed



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