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Definition of the noun proposition

What does proposition mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: propositions

  1. (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
    • domain: logic
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: statement = a message that is stated or declared
    • more specific terms:
      • particular proposition / particular = a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
      • universal proposition / universal = a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
      • negation = a proposition that is true if and only if another proposition is false
      • converse = a proposition obtained by conversion
      • lemma = a subsidiary proposition that is assumed to be true in order to prove another proposition
      • theorem = a proposition deducible from basic postulates
      • ratiocination / conclusion = the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning
      • postulate / posit = a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
      • axiom = a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof
    • part: term = one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition
  2. a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
  3. an offer for a private bargain (especially a request for sexual favors)
  4. the act of making a proposal
  5. a task to be dealt with
    • example: securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: labor / project / task / undertaking = any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

Alternative definition of the noun proposition


  1. [uncountable] The act of offering (an idea) for consideration.
  2. [countable] An idea or a plan offered.
  3. [countable, business settings] The terms of a transaction offered.
  4. [countable, logic] 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. [countable, US, politics] In some states, a proposed statute or constitutional amendment to be voted on by the electorate.
    • [countable, mathematics] An assertion so formulated that it can be considered true or false.
    • [countable, mathematics] 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')

    Definition of the verb proposition

    What does proposition mean as a doing word?

    verb - inflections: propositioned | propositioning | propositions

    1. suggest sex to
      • example: She was propositioned by a stranger at the party
      • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
      • more generic words: advise / propose / suggest = make a proposal, declare a plan for something

    Alternative definition of the verb proposition


    1. [transitive] To propose a plan to (someone).
    2. [transitive] To propose some illicit behaviour to (someone). Often sexual in nature.


    1. "Proposition" a.k.a. "The Proposition" is a 2005 Australian western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by screenwriter and musician Nick Cave. It stars Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, John Hurt, Danny Huston and David Wenham. The film's production completed in 2004 and was followed by a wide 2005 release in Australia and a 2006 theatrical run in the U.S. through First Look Pictures.
    2. "Proposition" is a 2014 short drama film written by Ahmed Abdullahi and Marioan Hosseini and directed by Ahmed Abdullahi.


    1. Proposition: In politics, a proposition is a rarely used term to designate political parties, factions, and individuals in a legislature who are favorable and supportive of the incumbent government, as against the opposition.
    2. Proposition: In mathematics, the term proposition is used for a proven statement that is of more than passing interest, but whose proof is neither profound nor difficult.

    Phrases with Proposition

    1. Value proposition
    2. universal proposition
    3. particular proposition

    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Proposition

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    Google previewMediaeval and Renaissance Logic (2008)

    by Dov M. Gabbay, John Woods

    A universal proposition is that in which a common term determined by a universal sign is subject, as “every man runs'; or, a universal proposition is that in which something is signified to be in all or none. A common term is what is apt by nature ...

    Google previewUnderstanding Wittgenstein's Tractatus (2007)

    by Pasquale Frascolla

    of the Tractatus declares: 'To understand a proposition means to know what is the...

    Google previewSourcebook in the Mathematics of Medieval Europe and North Africa (2016)

    by Victor J. Katz, Menso Folkerts, Barnabas Hughes, Roi Wagner, J. Lennart Berggren

    The second proposition is that saying that we multiply one fraction by another is like saying that we take a fraction from another. This is obvious. The third proposition is that for any number which is multiplied by another, the first number to the ...

    Google previewLogic, Meaning and Computation (2001)

    Essays in Memory of Alonzo Church by Alonzo Church

    Whether a sentence is an acceptable and effective expression of a given proposition is a matter of how readers take it, and not a matter of conventions established in the past. Now we are ready to present a discourse obtaining in the universe ...

    Google previewSharing Possessions (2011)

    What Faith Demands, Second Edition by Luke Timothy Johnson

    The first proposition is that the Christian life, whatever else it may be, is surelya code of ethics. To be Christian means to live in one wayand not another, to have certain definite values manifest themselves in certain definite patterns of behavior .

    Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Epistemology (2005)

    by Paul K. Moser

    A proposition is a priori if and only if it is necessary and can be known to be necessary. (S2) A proposition is a priori if and only if it is analytic and can be known to be analytic. 21 Unlike ...

    Google previewExplorations in Organizations (2008)

    by James G. March

    The first proposition is that long time perspectives for the future stimulate exploration of new ideas. Both the generation of new ideas and persistence with them are more favored by long future time horizons than by short ones. The second ...

    Google previewRace and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic [4 volumes] (2014)

    An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic by Charles A. Gallagher, Cameron D. Lippard

    Proposition 187 creates a state immigration enforcement mechanism separate from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and employing standards different from those required under federal law. . . . States have no power to ...

    Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

    by Elmar Waibl

    proposition (log),

    Satz an slch m ' sentence/proposition in itself , ...

    Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica, Or a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1810)

    Now, as to all the other premises made use of in the course of reasoning, they are manifest and known truths by supposition, as being either definitions, self- evident propositions, or truths previously established. The assumed proposition is that ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Stem Cell Research (2008)

    by Clive N. Svendsen, Allison D. Ebert

    In establishing the state's constitutional right to pursue stem cell research, Proposition 71 clearly defined it as “research involving adult stem cells, cord blood stem cells, pluripotent stem cells, and/ or progenitor cells,” and then further defined ...

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    Communism is a proposition to structure the world more reasonably, a proposition for changing the world. As such, we have to analyze it and, if we deem it reasonable, act upon it. (Friedrich Durrenmatt)
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    The value of this 11-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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