Meaning of PROPOSITION in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ prɒpəzɪʃ(ə)n ]

( propositions, propositioning, propositioned)


If you describe something such as a task or an activity as, for example, a difficult proposition or an attractive proposition , you mean that it is difficult or pleasant to do.

Making easy money has always been an attractive proposition...

Even among seasoned mountaineers Pinnacle Ridge is considered quite a tough proposition.

N-COUNT : usu sing , adj N


A proposition is a statement or an idea which people can consider or discuss to decide whether it is true. ( FORMAL )

The proposition that democracies do not fight each other is based on a tiny historical sample.

N-COUNT : oft N that


In the United States, a proposition is a question or statement about an issue of public policy which appears on a voting paper so that people can vote for or against it.

Vote Yes on Proposition 136, but No on Propositions 129, 133 and 134.

N-COUNT : oft N num


A proposition is an offer or a suggestion that someone makes to you, usually concerning some work or business that you might be able to do together.

You came to see me at my office the other day with a business proposition...



If someone who you do not know very well propositions you, they suggest that you have sex with them.

He had allegedly tried to proposition a colleague.

VERB : V n

Proposition is also a noun.

...unwanted sexual propositions.


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