• Proposition


    • US IPA: /pɹɑ.pÉ™.zɪ.ʃən/


    From Old French, from Latin prōpositiō ("a proposing, design, theme, case").

    Full definition of proposition



    (countable and uncountable; plural propositions)
    1. (uncountable) The act of offering (an idea) for consideration.
    2. (countable) An idea or a plan offered.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill, The Celebrity Chapter 8, The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; for, even after she had conquered her love for the Celebrity, the mortification of having been jilted by him remained.
    3. (countable, business settings) The terms of a transaction offered.
    4. (countable, US, politics) In some states, a proposed statute or constitutional amendment to be voted on by the electorate.
    5. (countable, logic) The content of an assertion that may be taken as being true or false and is considered abstractly without reference to the linguistic sentence that constitutes the assertion.
    6. (countable, mathematics) An assertion so formulated that it can be considered true or false.
    7. (countable, mathematics) An assertion which is provably true, but not important enough to be called a theorem.
    8. A statement of religious doctrine; an article of faith; creed.the propositions of Wyclif and Huss
      • Jeremy TaylorSome persons ... change their propositions according as their temporal necessities or advantages do turn.
    9. (poetry) The part of a poem in which the author states the subject or matter of it.



    1. (transitive) To propose a plan to (someone).
    2. (transitive) To propose some illicit behaviour to (someone). Often sexual in nature.

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