Meaning of PROPOSITION in English


I. prop ‧ o ‧ si ‧ tion 1 /ˌprɒpəˈzɪʃ ə n $ ˌprɑː-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . STATEMENT a statement that consists of a carefully considered opinion or judgment

proposition that

Most people accept the proposition that we have a duty to protect endangered animals.

The theory is founded on two basic propositions.

2 . SUGGESTION a suggestion, or something that is suggested or considered as a possible thing to do:

He telephoned Stuart with a proposition.

attractive/interesting/practical etc proposition

The offer of two tickets for the price of one makes it a very attractive proposition.

It doesn’t sound like a very viable proposition to me.

I’ve got a proposition to put to you.

3 . be a different/tricky/simple etc proposition used to say how easy someone or something will be to deal with:

My new boss is a very different proposition.

4 . LAW ( also Proposition ) a suggested change or addition to the law of a state of the US, which citizens vote on:

Proposition 147

5 . MATHEMATICS technical something that must be proved, or a question to which the answer must be found – used in ↑ geometry

—propositional adjective

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ verbs

▪ put a proposition to somebody ( also make (somebody) a proposition )

A proposition was put to Owen, and he is considering it.


I’m going to make you a proposition.

■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + proposition

▪ a business proposition

Does this mean you’ve changed your mind about my business proposition?

▪ a commercial proposition (=likely to be financially successful)

Gold mining is not a commercial proposition here.

▪ an attractive proposition

Setting up your own business is a very attractive proposition.

▪ an interesting proposition

A further study focussing on older people is an interesting proposition.

▪ a practical/viable proposition (=likely to be possible or successful)

A complete ban on strikes is not a practical proposition.

II. proposition 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive] formal

to suggest to someone that they have sex with you:

Here, prostitutes constantly proposition tourists.

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