proposition

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[Prop`o*si┬Ětion]

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

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

Noun
a task to be dealt with; "securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition"

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

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the act of making a proposal; "they listened to her proposal"

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

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a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a suggestion we couldn''t refuse"

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Verb
suggest sex to; "She was propositioned by a stranger at the party"


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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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


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 not accepted. 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.
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. &hand; 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. -- 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.

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

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Usage Examples

It goes without saying that the Jewish people can have no other goal than Palestine and that, whatever the fate of the proposition may be, our attitude toward the land of our fathers is and shall remain unchangeable.

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.

Hurried and worried until we're buried, and there's no curtain call, Lifes a very funny proposition after all.

History offers no evidence for the proposition that the assignment of women to military combat jobs is the way to win wars, improve combat readiness, or promote national security.

I wanted to get to that aesthetic proposition that comes out of learning the human elements of a world, so that those notes and rhythms mean something to you besides just the academic way in which they fall in place.

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Other Usage Examples

That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.

On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

It is impossible for any number which is a power greater than the second to be written as a sum of two like powers. I have a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.

I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions - adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.

One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.

Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal. We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.

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