Meaning of PROPOSITION in English


/ ˌprɒpəˈzɪʃn; NAmE ˌprɑːp-/ noun , verb

■ noun


an idea or a plan of action that is suggested, especially in business :

I'd like to put a business proposition to you.

He was trying to make it look like an attractive proposition .


a thing that you intend to do; a problem or task to be dealt with

SYN matter :

Getting a work permit in the UK is not always a simple proposition.


(also Proposition ) (in the US) a suggested change to the law that people can vote on :

How did you vote on Proposition 8?


( formal ) a statement that expresses an opinion :

Her assessment is based on the proposition that power corrupts.


( mathematics ) a statement of a theorem , and an explanation of how it can be proved

►  prop·os·ition·al adjective

■ verb

[ vn ] to say in a direct way to sb that you would like to have sex with them :

She was propositioned by a strange man in the bar.



Middle English : from Old French , from Latin propositio(n-) , from the verb proponere set forth, from pro- forward + ponere put.

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