[syn: proposal, proposition]
5. a task to be dealt with;
- Example: "securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition"
1. suggest sex to;
- Example: "She was propositioned by a stranger at the party"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Proposition \Prop`o*si"tion\, n. [L. propositio: cf. F.
proposition. See Propound.]
1. The act of setting or placing before; the act of offering.
"Oblations for the altar of proposition." --Jer. Taylor.
2. 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
3. A statement of religious doctrine; an article of faith;
creed; as, the propositions of Wyclif and Huss.
Some persons . . . change their propositions
according as their temporal necessities or
advantages do turn. --Jer. Taylor.
4. (Gram. & Logic) 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. (Math.) A statement in terms of a truth to be
demonstrated, or of an operation to be performed.
Note: It is called a theorem when it is something to be
proved, and a problem when it is something to be done.
6. (Rhet.) That which is offered or affirmed as the subject
of the discourse; anything stated or affirmed for
discussion or illustration.
7. (Poetry) The part of a poem in which the author states the
subject or matter of it.
Leaves of proposition (Jewish Antiq.), the showbread.
--Wyclif (Luke vi. 4).
Syn: Proposal; offer; statement; declaration.
Usage: Proposition, Proposal. These words are both from
the Latin verb proponere, to set forth, and as here
compared they mark different forms or stages of a
negotiation. A proposition is something presented for
discussion or consideration; as, propositions of
peace. A proposal is some definite thing offered by
one party to be accepted or rejected by the other. If
the proposition is favorably received, it is usually
followed by proposals which complete the arrangement.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is
either true or false
2: a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a
suggestion we couldn't refuse" [syn: suggestion,
3: an offer for a private bargain (especially a request for
4: the act of making a proposal; "they listened to her proposal"
[syn: proposal, proposition]
5: a task to be dealt with; "securing adequate funding is a
v 1: suggest sex to; "She was propositioned by a stranger at the
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
162 Moby Thesaurus words for "proposition":
a priori principle, a priori truth, accost, advance, affair,
affirmance, affirmation, allegation, announcement, annunciation,
approach, apriorism, assertion, asseveration, assumed position,
assumption, attempt, averment, avouchment, avowal, axiom, basis,
bring before, bring forward, bring up, broach, brocard, business,
categorical proposition, commend to attention, commitment,
conclusion, conjecture, contract, creed, data, deal, declaration,
dictate, dictum, effort, engagement, enterprise, enunciation,
first principles, formula, foundation, game plan, golden rule,
ground, guesswork, hypothesis, hypothesis ad hoc, importune,
improper suggestion, indecent proposal, inference, instance,
introduce, invitation, ipse dixit, launch, law, lay before, lemma,
major premise, make a motion, make a pass, make advances,
make an overture, manifesto, minor premise, moot, motion, move,
obligation, offer a resolution, open up, operation, overture, pass,
philosopheme, philosophical proposition, plan, pose, position,
position paper, positive declaration, postulate, postulation,
postulatum, predicate, predication, prefer, premise, presumption,
presupposal, presupposition, principium, principle, proclamation,
profession, proffer, program, project, projection, pronouncement,
proposal, propose, propositional function, propound, prospectus,
protest, protestation, put, put forth, put forward, put it to,
recommend, request, resolution, rule, say, say-so, saying,
scenario, self-evident truth, set before, set forth,
set of postulates, settled principle, sexual advance, solicit,
stance, stand, start, statement, submit, suggest, suggestion,
sumption, supposal, supposing, supposition, surmise, task, theorem,
thesis, throw a pass, truism, truth, truth table, truth-function,
truth-value, undertaking, universal truth, utterance, venture,
vouch, word, work, working hypothesis
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A statement in propositional logic which may be
either true or false. Each proposition is typically
represented by a letter in a formula such as "p => q",
meaning proposition p implies proposition q.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PROPOSITION. An offer to do something. Until it has been accepted, a
proposition may be withdrawn by the party who makes it; and to be binding,
the acceptance must be in the same terms, without any variation. Vide
Acceptance; Offer; To retract; and 1 L. R. 190; 4 L. R. 80.