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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All of this has happened without Ohio State yet to hit its full stride offensively, a scary proposition for Wisconsin. Bob Wankel | Xl Media, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2022 Given the mountain of information to sort through with this many measures, The Arizona Republic has prepared a summary of each proposition, as well as the people who are supporting and opposing the proposals. Ryan Randazzo,, 19 Sep. 2022 Rhaenyra also knows and makes a proposition to her future husband: They'll get hitched, make a few babies, and then indulge their other appetites. Randall Colburn,, 19 Sep. 2022 The share of likely California voters who oppose a new internet sports gambling proposition, per the Public Policy Institute of California. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 16 Sep. 2022 In 2018 Arizona voters voted against the expansion of vouchers through a proposition and yet this bill was later pushed through the legislation. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2022 That doesn’t seem like a real balanced proposition. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2022 The result will likely be a swift and sudden shift in the way MLB approaches its player development system, though unionization remains a complicated proposition. Chelsea Janes,, 6 Sep. 2022 Most sit empty for upwards of 11 months of the year; a proposition that doesn’t add value to the community. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 2 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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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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25 Sep 2022

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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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