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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
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It was life, and life was a savage proposition at best.
It is hopeless to attempt to convince any one of the truth of this proposition without giving the long array of facts which I have collected, and which cannot possibly be here introduced.
We will distinguish propositions of this kind as "image-propositions" and propositions in words as "word-propositions.
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
As the wafer digested, the tincture mounted to his brain, bearing the proposition along with it.
It is true, as has been before observed that facts, too stubborn to be resisted, have produced a species of general assent to the abstract proposition that there exist material defects in our national system; but the usefulness of the concession, on the part of the old adversaries of federal measures, is destroyed by a strenuous opposition to a remedy, upon the only principles that can give it a chance of success.
Throughout the previous pages I have been assuming -- what perhaps should have been laid down at the beginning as a distinct and fundamental proposition -- that every human being in Flatland is a Regular Figure, that is to say of regular construction.
d'Epinay, she would be all the more likely to listen to any other proposition.
I remember well having invited your proposition on this subject,*** and encouraged it with the assurance of every facility and protection which the government could properly afford.
Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
The proposition pleased the two others, and they set out on their way together.
Perhaps this incredible proposition of his is only intended to mystify us," growled an apoplectic old admiral.