What does proposition mean?

Definitions for proposition
ˌprɒp əˈzɪʃ ənpropo·si·tion

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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. Pat Saperstein:

    Making a Netflix show is just such a different kind of proposition because you don’t have to go out and convince people to buy commercials, you don’t have to convince people to subscribe to a certain channel like HBO, once you subscribe to Netflix it is a lower price; so it’s a different kind of a business and it makes it easier for them to take those [kinds] of risks.

  2. Tom Emmer:

    The Commitment to America is a crucial piece of our electoral strategy. These policies equip our candidates with a positive value proposition and provide a stark contrast to Democrats’ failed one-party rule.

  3. James Smith:

    You need to state up front about the value proposition for the customer, what’s in it for them? For my company, the value proposition is how our technology can drive incremental sales.

  4. Bertrand Russell:

    It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true.

  5. Andrei Senchenko:

    They tried to influence me and, what's more, made me a definite proposition, that I should change my rhetoric and relationship to the occupation of Crimea, but I gave a clear 'no.'.

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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • A. snap
    • B. sweep
    • C. arborolatry
    • D. ternion

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