What does Proposition mean?

Definitions for Proposition
ˌprɒp əˈzɪʃ ənpropo·si·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Proposition.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. propositionnoun

    (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false

  2. suggestion, proposition, proffernoun

    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

    "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"

  3. propositionnoun

    an offer for a private bargain (especially a request for sexual favors)

  4. proposal, propositionnoun

    the act of making a proposal

    "they listened to her proposal"

  5. propositionverb

    a task to be dealt with

    "securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition"

  6. propositionverb

    suggest sex to

    "She was propositioned by a stranger at the party"


  1. propositionnoun

    The act of offering (an idea) for consideration.

  2. propositionnoun

    An idea or a plan offered.

  3. propositionnoun

    The terms of a transaction offered.

  4. propositionnoun

    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.

  5. propositionnoun

    In some states, a proposed statute or constitutional amendment to be voted on by the electorate.

  6. propositionnoun

    An assertion so formulated that it can be considered true or false.

  7. propositionnoun

    As a special case, textbooks often, and papers sometimes, label an assertion which is provably true, but not important enough to be a theorem, a proposition. Normally this is part of a numerical reference system (Proposition 3.2, Lemma 3.3, Theorem 3.4)

  8. propositionverb

    To propose a plan to (someone).

  9. propositionverb

    To propose some illicit behaviour to (someone). Often sexual in nature.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Propositionnoun

    Etymology: proposition, Fr. propositio, Lat.

    Chrysippus, labouring how to reconcile these two propositions, that all things are done by fate, and yet that something is in our own power, cannot extricate himself. Henry Hammond.

    The compounding of the representation of things, with an affirmation or negation, makes a proposition. Matthew Hale.

    The enemy sent propositions, such as upon delivery of a strong fortified town, after a handsome defence, are usually granted. Edward Hyde.


  1. proposition

    A proposition is a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion. It is a fundamental statement in logic that can either be true or false but not simultaneously, and can be used in logical or mathematical arguments and calculations. It is generally used to propose or suggest an idea, theory or plan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Propositionnoun

    the act of setting or placing before; the act of offering

  2. Propositionnoun

    that which is proposed; that which is offered, as for consideration, acceptance, or adoption; a proposal; as, the enemy made propositions of peace; his proposition was not accepted

  3. Propositionnoun

    a statement of religious doctrine; an article of faith; creed; as, the propositions of Wyclif and Huss

  4. Propositionnoun

    a complete sentence, or part of a sentence consisting of a subject and predicate united by a copula; a thought expressed or propounded in language; a from of speech in which a predicate is affirmed or denied of a subject; as, snow is white

  5. Propositionnoun

    a statement in terms of a truth to be demonstrated, or of an operation to be performed

  6. Propositionnoun

    that which is offered or affirmed as the subject of the discourse; anything stated or affirmed for discussion or illustration

  7. Propositionnoun

    the part of a poem in which the author states the subject or matter of it


  1. Proposition

    In philosophy and logic, the term proposition refers to either the "content" or "meaning" of a meaningful declarative sentence or the pattern of symbols, marks, or sounds that make up a meaningful declarative sentence. The meaning of a proposition includes having the quality or property of being either true or false, and as such propositions are claimed to be truthbearers. The existence of propositions in sense above, as well as the existence of "meanings," is disputed by some philosophers. Where the concept of a "meaning" is admitted, its nature is controversial. In earlier texts writers have not always made it sufficiently clear whether they are using the term proposition in sense of the words or the "meaning" expressed by the words. To avoid the controversies and ontological implications, the term sentence is often now used instead of proposition to refer to just those strings of symbols that are truthbearers, being either true or false under an interpretation. Strawson advocated the use of the term "statement," and some mathematicians have adopted this usage.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proposition

    prop-ō-zish′un, n. a placing before: offer of terms: that which is proposed: the act of stating anything: that which is stated: (gram. and logic) a complete sentence, or one which affirms or denies something: (math.) a theorem or problem to be demonstrated or solved.—adj. Proposi′tional, pertaining to, or of the nature of, a proposition: considered as a proposition. [Fr.,—L. propositio.]

Editors Contribution

  1. proposition

    An idea, plan or proposal.

    The proposition was easily communicated and is being reviewed.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Proposition' in Nouns Frequency: #1822

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Proposition in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Proposition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Proposition in a Sentence

  1. Antony Blinken:

    There is no daylight between us on the fundamental proposition that Iran must never be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon, whether there is a return to the JCPOA, the Iran nuclear agreement, or not, that principle will not change nor will our commitment to it.

  2. Antony Blinken:

    I firmly disagree with that proposition.

  3. Daniel Hays:

    The key for the successful launch of 5G devices is going to be to have a really clear proposition to the end users : What is it that they get for having a 5G device ? i think that we can't do enough to really make that message clear and to help educate the end users.

  4. Philip Hammond:

    I'm not sure there's a majority in parliament in support of a second referendum, many people will be strongly opposed to it, but it's a coherent proposition and it deserves to be considered along with the other proposals.

  5. Sundar Pichai:

    Our value proposition to markets of all sizes is simple. Google can help you show the right ads to the right people at the right moment.

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