Other forms: propositions; propositioned; propositioning

A proposition is a proposed plan of action, a detailed suggestion. You might consider your friend's suggestion to set up a neighborhood snow-shoveling business after the blizzard a winning proposition.

The noun proposition means something presented for consideration. In some contexts, that something being offered is sexual. Therefore, don't use the term proposition loosely. If you say that you made a proposition to your teacher, people could misinterpret you. It's safer to stick with suggestion.

Definitions of proposition
  1. noun
    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
    synonyms: proffer, suggestion
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    breath, hint, intimation
    an indirect suggestion
    ghost, touch, trace
    a suggestion of some quality
    advance, approach, feeler, overture
    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    a suggestion of some quality
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    something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
  2. noun
    the act of making a proposal
    synonyms: proposal
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    the act of presenting a proposal
    first reading
    the first presentation of a bill in a legislature
    second reading
    the second presentation of a bill in a legislature; to approve its general principles (Britain) or to discuss a committee's report and take a vote (US)
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    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  3. noun
    a suggested law or policy that citizens can vote for or against
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    something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
  4. noun
    an offer for a private bargain (especially a request for sexual favors)
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    offer, offering
    something offered (as a proposal or bid)
  5. noun
    a task to be dealt with
    “securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition
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    labor, project, task, undertaking
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  6. verb
    suggest sex to
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    advise, propose, suggest
    make a proposal, declare a plan for something
  7. noun
    (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
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    particular, particular proposition
    (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
    universal, universal proposition
    (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
    (logic) a proposition that is true if and only if another proposition is false
    a proposition obtained by conversion
    a subsidiary proposition that is assumed to be true in order to prove another proposition
    a proposition deducible from basic postulates
    conclusion, ratiocination
    the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)
    posit, postulate
    (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
    (logic) a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof; its truth is assumed to be self-evident
    Bayes' postulate
    (statistics) the difficulty of applying Bayes' theorem is that the probabilities of the different causes are seldom known, in which case it may be postulated that they are all equal (sometimes known as postulating the equidistribution of ignorance)
    Euclid's axiom, Euclid's postulate, Euclidean axiom
    (mathematics) any of five axioms that are generally recognized as the basis for Euclidean geometry
    binomial theorem
    a theorem giving the expansion of a binomial raised to a given power
    assumption, premise, premiss
    a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
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    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc




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