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proposition

noun prop·o·si·tion \ ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən \
Updated on: 12 May 2018
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

play \ˌprä-pə-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.

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First Known Use of proposition

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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proposition

verb
propositioned; propositioning play \ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-sh(ə-)niŋ\
: 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.

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First Known Use of proposition

1922

in the meaning defined above

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PROPOSITION Defined for English Language Learners

proposition

  • : 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

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


PROPOSITION Defined for Kids

proposition

noun prop·o·si·tion \ ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən \
1 : something suggested for discussion and thought
2 : a statement to be proved, explained, or discussed


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