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proposition

[prop′əzish′ən]
Etymology: L, proponere, to place forward
1 n, a statement of a truth to be demonstrated or an operation to be performed.
2 v, to bring forward or offer for consideration, acceptance, or adoption.

proposition

(prop-uh-zish'en)
A statement about a concept or about the relationship between concepts. A proposition may be an assumption, a premise, a theorem, or a hypothesis.
See: assumption; hypothesis; premise; theorem
References in classic literature ?
I will venture to add that to me the convention mode seems preferable, in that it allows amendments to originate with the people themselves, instead of only permitting them to take or reject propositions originated by others not especially chosen for the purpose, and which might not be precisely such as they would wish to either accept or refuse.
How could I make such a proposition, especially to a woman who always professes to be so entirely disinterested?
The proposition alluded to was the one, already mentioned, for the establishment of an American Fur Company in the Atlantic States.
He looked upon the proposition addressed to him by Sir Francis M as the simplest thing in the world, and scarcely noticed the immense effect that it produced.
The prince is making a proposition to you in his pupil's- I mean, his son's- name.
When Bertha Kircher had repeated Usanga's proposition to the aviator, the latter shrugged his shoulders and with a wry face finally agreed.
But do, please, think over my proposition, and let me know in the morning.
Not only did he not have the heart for it, but it did not strike him as a sporting proposition.
Quickly, Charles plunged into business, and Tarwater heard with great distinctness every word of Charles' unflattering description of him and the proposition to give him passage to Dawson.
Here the noise and the word "tram" are both constituents of your belief; there is also a relation between them, expressed by "is" in the proposition "that is a tram.
Hugh, inferring what his companion meant, rather from his gestures than his technical mode of expressing himself (to which, as he was ignorant of his calling, he wanted the clue), rejected this proposition for the second time, and gave the word 'Forward
This proposition was at once accepted, and in three days' time they were all located in their new abode, when Mr.