proposition

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noun

prop·​o·​si·​tion ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce proposition (audio)
1
a(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
2
a
: 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
propositional
ˌprä-pə-ˈzish-nəl How to pronounce proposition (audio)
-ˈzi-shə-nᵊl
adjective

proposition

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verb

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

transitive verb

: to make a proposal to
especially : to suggest sexual intercourse to

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Days before Leonard was supposed to deliver the down payment, his wealthy father-in-law made a proposition to run the family business. Peter Debruge, Variety, 17 May 2024 After decades of these reports, even scientists are considering the proposition that DMT gives us access to another world or dimension. Robert Johnson, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for proposition 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proposition was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Proposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proposition. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

proposition

noun
prop·​o·​si·​tion
ˌpräp-ə-ˈzish-ən
1
: something offered to be thought about or accepted : proposal
a business proposition
2
: an expression (as in logic) to be proved or explained
3
: something of a certain kind which one must deal with
the mine will never be a paying proposition
fixing that roof will be a tough proposition

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