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 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


propositional \ ˌprä-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce propositional (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 Beyond the spark, getting an emergency fire going in dry conditions is a pretty simple proposition of adding dry tinder and oxygen. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Keys to Starting an Emergency Fire," 4 Aug. 2020 Four months earlier, a majority of county voters had supported a statewide proposition to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County supervisors to consider cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas," 4 Aug. 2020 However, during the coronavirus pandemic, that once-harmless request was now a risky proposition. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Should asking a stranger to take your photo go the way of the daguerreotype?," 3 Aug. 2020 Use your insight to gain recognition and parlay an idea into a moneymaking proposition as the week goes by. oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 2, 2020: Cancer, hurt feelings show up; Pisces, business sense is on the mark," 2 Aug. 2020 Tyler Herro making his next shot remains a winning proposition, one the Heat have to bank on, now and going forward. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Does win total matter for Heat in seeding games?," 1 Aug. 2020 And no matter how much consumers move to streaming and other digital platforms, moviegoing is still a unique proposition. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Universal’s deal with AMC means seismic shifts in the movie industry," 29 July 2020 The sense of powerlessness being felt by parents and teachers around the state is profound, because TEA is giving us an all-or-nothing proposition, with minimal local control. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: TEA creates an impossible school choice for parents," 11 July 2020 This year’s plunging interest rates make that a more appealing proposition than ever for investors. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Why Investors Have Learned to Love Wind and Solar Power," 6 July 2020 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, "Yoga Is Finally Facing Consent and Unwanted Touch," 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, "Review: Uber’s guerrilla tactics and tech-bro parties chronicled in ‘Super Pumped’," 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, "Timeline: Harvey Weinstein's path to his New York City rape and sexual assault convictions," 24 Feb. 2020 Warren did not accuse Reinhardt of ever touching or propositioning her. Bob Egelko,, "72 former clerks confirm harassment by influential U.S. appeals court judge," 21 Feb. 2020 Dugan alleges that prior to her hiring, Katz propositioned her and tried to kiss her at a dinner. Time, "How the Grammys Descended Into Behind-the-Scenes Chaos," 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, "The Wild Woman Awakens," 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,, "California judge could face expulsion after charges of sexual harassment," 6 Jan. 2020 Fowler says her boss propositioned her and higher-ups ignored her complaints. Fortune, "Former Uber CEO Kalanick to Resign From Company’s Board," 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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7 Aug 2020

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“Proposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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