proposition

noun
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

proposition

verb
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

Noun

propositional \ ˌprä-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce propositional (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for proposition

Synonyms: Noun

hypothesis, supposition, theory, thesis

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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

The proposition immediately became dicey when the righthander allowed the first two batters to reach on a walk and single. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox win sixth in a row, but blanking mighty Twins was impressive," 17 June 2019 Missett was early to appreciate the attractiveness of the proposition to women who expended so much energy on others to focus, for an hour, on themselves. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The Atlantic, "The World That Jazzercise Built," 16 June 2019 In any case, Microsoft’s console-centric Xbox Game Pass has quickly become the best value proposition in the industry. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's fantastic Xbox Game Pass subscription service is coming to the PC," 30 May 2019 Fashion Nova isn't the only brand to be affected by the proposition. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner's Favorite Brand Fashion Nova Cautions That Their Swimsuits May Cause Cancer," 30 Apr. 2019 Bell developed the games to test one of the strangest propositions about the physical world made by the theory of quantum mechanics. Quanta Magazine, "The Universe’s Ultimate Complexity Revealed by Simple Quantum Games," 5 Mar. 2019 The proposition: If Collins votes against Kavanaugh, everyone gets their money back. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Why Susan Collins claims she’s being bribed over her Kavanaugh vote," 12 Sep. 2018 The 12 propositions that have earned a spot on California’s November ballot will ask voters to consider a host of changes including new limits on rent and a plan that might allow the Golden State to split itself into three. John Myers, latimes.com, "California voters will weigh these 12 propositions on November's ballot," 29 June 2018 And that seems to be the recurring theme with this season's eyewear: taking staple frames and revamping them with trendy propositions. Glamour, "An Exhaustive Guide to Spring and Summer's Best Sunglasses," 28 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For nearly six minutes, the former legislative staffer sat before a panel of female lawmakers in the Maryland House Office Building, describing how male lawmakers and their aides had propositioned her, rubbed against her, stared at her body. Washington Post, "‘I was touched without permission’: Former Annapolis staffer details harassment," 7 Feb. 2018 Others said they were repeatedly propositioned or touched inappropriately. Ellen Barry, The Seattle Times, "‘Shocking and abhorrent’ abuse rampant in U.K. Parliament, report says," 15 Oct. 2018 Emergency supplies could also be propositioned at the station. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Maybe NASA's Next Space Station Doesn't Need the Astronauts," 6 Sep. 2018 In one of those, a student had reported that Manweller invited her to a bar in 2006 and propositioned her and a friend to have a threesome, according to records. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Central Washington University fires Rep. Matt Manweller over alleged inappropriate conduct," 14 Aug. 2018 Prosecutors said Augello propositioned a number of people connected with the Pagans for the killing. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A doctor’s wife threatened to expose the opioid ring he ran, so he killed her, officials said.," 10 Jan. 2018 Undercover officers visited all the spas over the course of two days, and Guenther said a masseuse at Gem Spa, 1448 Butterfield Road, propositioned an officer during a June 14 session. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Mundelein masseuse charged with prostitution," 22 June 2018 Lively’s job was to seduce the girls and then proposition them for a prostitution ring. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "True crime: The 'dresser drawer murder' at the Claypool Hotel," 13 July 2018 On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Lena Dunham Gained 24 Pounds—and Is Happier Than Ever," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of proposition

Noun

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

Verb

1922, in the meaning defined above

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proposition

noun

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

proposition

verb

English Language Learners Definition of proposition (Entry 2 of 2)

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

proposition

noun
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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