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

Finding the owners of the works, however, may be trickier proposition. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Help Find the Owners of More Than 100 Recovered Artworks," 6 Sep. 2019 Considering the volatility in recent years with both Irving and Durant, taking a long view with the Nets is a tricky proposition. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Outside signings might prove more impactful to Heat | Commentary," 3 Aug. 2019 Recent political history shows that the Democratic model of continual retreat into watchful, timorous bunker mode is a losing proposition. Elizabeth Spiers, The New Republic, "Beyond Pelosi," 24 July 2019 That should be a scary proposition for opposing defenses. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "North Royalton’s Joey Marousek commits to Akron: Football recruiting roundup," 25 June 2019 Preserving its safe distance from peril is a vexing proposition. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 For models, the cover of Sports Illustrated is undoubtedly a star-making proposition. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Halima Aden Just Became Sports Illustrated’s First Hijabi Rookie," 29 Apr. 2019 Either way, convenience is a pricey proposition for the SD7000. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: The Kensington SD7000 dock turns a Surface tablet into a Surface Studio," 21 Jan. 2019 At one point, switching from traditional television to streaming was a simple proposition that involved one or two online subscriptions, with Netflix and Hulu as the hubs for the majority of available content. Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge, "Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV," 13 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another, who has remained anonymous, told BuzzFeed News that Tyson had propositioned her at a 2010 party for museum employees. Anna North, Vox, "Neil deGrasse Tyson was accused of sexual misconduct by 4 women. He’s keeping all his jobs.," 29 July 2019 Billy propositioned her for a late-night meet-up, but Karen chose her family, instead. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Mrs. Wheeler's Second Pool Outfit in Stranger Things Proves She's Done With Billy for Good," 11 July 2019 The teen said Michel also propositioned him after giving him a ride home, asking to see the boy’s genitals. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, "Westridge Middle employee arrested, accused of molesting students," 9 July 2019 Evidence publicly filed in the state court case outlined claims by half a dozen former scouts who said they were propositioned, molested or intimidated by Betts or Wood. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-LMPD officer pleads guilty to sexually abusing teens in Explorer program," 8 July 2019 One woman, a governmental affairs manager who filed a 2017 complaint against Brough with the Assembly Rules Committee, alleged that Brough propositioned her in a Sacramento hotel lobby. Christine Mai-duc, latimes.com, "Orange County assemblyman accused of misconduct by four women," 26 June 2019 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

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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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