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prop·​o·​si·​tion ˌprä-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce proposition (audio)
: something offered for consideration or acceptance : proposal
: a request for sexual intercourse
: the point to be discussed or maintained in argument usually stated in sentence form near the outset
: a theorem or problem to be demonstrated or performed
: an expression in language or signs of something that can be believed, doubted, or denied or is either true or false
: the objective meaning of a proposition
: something of an indicated kind to be dealt with
the farm was never a paying proposition
ˌprä-pə-ˈzish-nəl How to pronounce proposition (audio)


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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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Fire Chief Colin Stowell said what Falck wants would make the new model a losing financial proposition for the city. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2023 And at this point, West Virginia looks — by design — like a year-to-year proposition. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2023 In a sense, the novel fulfills its first line's proposition: as an incantation of an artist's name and, by implication, an artist's way. Joan Frank, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2023 After California resolved the crisis—basically by re-regulating and subsidizing electricity—the bubble burst, making frequency regulation as a V2G service a much less attractive business proposition. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Mar. 2023 In 2024, Biden has a good shot at uniting Democrats around a simpler, politically safer proposition: defending the status quo by raising taxes on the most affluent Americans. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2023 With 20 calories per serving, Everest Full Spectrum Gummies offer an optimal proposition for weight management regimes. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2023 Steering students away from college altogether is also a losing proposition—not just because that’s where most job growth still tends to be, but also because higher education still has real value. Jack Schneider, The New Republic, 27 Feb. 2023 Following by way of an industry wrap, a dozen takeaways on the 2023 Berlin market, including its Berlinale Series Market, an ever more building proposition at the Festival. John Hopewell, Variety, 23 Feb. 2023
The letters described a constellation of abuses of power and influence, including being propositioned after class and on yoga retreats, forcibly kissed during private meditation sessions and assaulted on post-yoga massage tables. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2019 And in 2015, an Uber manager was accused of propositioning Susan Fowler, a young site reliability engineer, on her first day on the job. Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2019 The story, which featured Judd publicly accusing Weinstein of propositioning her in 1997, sparked an avalanche of accusations from women who came forward with similar accounts and ultimately numbered 80. Chris Francescani, ABC News, 24 Feb. 2020 Warren did not accuse Reinhardt of ever touching or propositioning her. Bob Egelko,, 21 Feb. 2020 Dugan alleges that prior to her hiring, Katz propositioned her and tried to kiss her at a dinner. Time, 24 Jan. 2020 In 2017, Agrawal was cast out of Thinx just as a former employee filed a complaint claiming that Agrawal groped a staff member’s breasts, exposed herself in the office and propositioned an employee. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 17 Dec. 2019 Johnson denied harassing, groping or propositioning any court colleagues or employees and noted that his chief accuser, Justice Victoria Chaney, had recommended him to then-Gov. Bob Egelko,, 6 Jan. 2020 Fowler says her boss propositioned her and higher-ups ignored her complaints. Fortune, 24 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


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


1922, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near proposition

Cite this Entry

“Proposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: something offered to be thought about or accepted : proposal
a business proposition
: an expression (as in logic) to be proved or explained
: 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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