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proposition

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noun prop·o·si·tion \ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of proposition

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  something of an indicated kind to be dealt with <the farm was never a paying proposition>

propositional

play \-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.

14th Century

First Known Use of proposition

14th century


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proposition

verb prop·o·si·tion

Definition of proposition

propositioned

propositioning

\-ˈzi-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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.

1924

First Known Use of proposition

1924


PROPOSITION Defined for English Language Learners

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proposition

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noun prop·o·si·tion \ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of proposition for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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proposition

verb prop·o·si·tion

Definition of proposition for English Language Learners

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


PROPOSITION Defined for Kids

proposition

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noun prop·o·si·tion \ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of proposition for Students

  1. 1 :  something suggested for discussion and thought

  2. 2 :  a statement to be proved, explained, or discussed



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