- The definition of a proposition is a statement putting forth an idea, suggestion or plan.
- An example of a proposition is the idea that the death penalty is a good way to stop crime.
- An example of a proposition is a suggestion for a change in the terms of company bylaws.
- An example of a proposition is a suggested expansion of a business.
- the act of proposing
- something proposed; proposal, plan
- ☆ Informal an unethical or immoral proposal, specif. one of illicit sexual relations in return for some gain
- a subject or statement to be discussed or debated
- ☆ Informal a proposed deal, as in business
- ☆ Informal a person, problem, undertaking, etc. being or to be dealt with
- Archaic a setting forth; offering
- Logic an informative statement whose truth or falsity can be evaluated by means of logic
- Math. a theorem to be demonstrated or a problem to be solved
Origin of propositionMiddle English proposicioun ; from Old French proposition ; from Classical Latin propositio ; from proponere: see propose
- A plan suggested for acceptance; a proposal.
- A matter to be dealt with; a task: Finding affordable housing can be a difficult proposition.
- An offer of a private bargain, especially a request for sexual relations.
- A subject for discussion or analysis.
- Logic a. A statement that affirms or denies something.b. The meaning expressed in such a statement, as opposed to the way it is expressed.
- Mathematics A theorem.
transitive verbprop·o·si·tioned, prop·o·si·tion·ing, prop·o·si·tions
Origin of propositionMiddle English proposicion, from Old French proposition, from Latin prōpositiō, prōpositiōn-, setting out in words, from prōpositus, past participle of prōpōnere, to set forth; see propose.
(countable and uncountable, plural propositions)
- (uncountable) The act of offering (an idea) for consideration.
- (countable) An idea or a plan offered.
- (countable, business settings) The terms of a transaction offered.
- (countable, US, politics) In some states, a proposed statute or constitutional amendment to be voted on by the electorate.
- (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.
- (countable, mathematics) An assertion so formulated that it can be considered true or false.
- (countable, mathematics) An assertion which is provably true, but not important enough to be called a theorem.
(third-person singular simple present propositions, present participle propositioning, simple past and past participle propositioned)
From Old French, from Latin prÅpositiÅ (“a proposing, design, theme, case").