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a viable proposition (=an idea that will work)
▪ Is this kind of tourism a viable proposition?
attractive offer/proposition/package etc
▪ I must say, it’s a very attractive offer.
put a proposition/proposal to sb
▪ I’ve a proposition to put to you.
▪ It is not an attractive proposition for independent power generation because it is difficult to finance.
▪ In theory, a star-driven period melodrama with top-notch production values should have been an attractive proposition for distributors.
▪ If hiring costs can be reduced by machines working longer, it could become an even more attractive proposition.
▪ By the end of the Regency period the pub was becoming a far more attractive proposition for the government, too.
▪ Costs and qualifications All-optical cabling is an attractive proposition.
▪ This was not an attractive proposition, but my idea of womanhood was hardly preferable.
▪ I can't feel that this music as presented here is an attractive proposition at full price.
▪ Relativism is not an attractive proposition to anyone, least of all philosophers, because everything becomes so uncertain and transitory.
▪ Contracts A business bargain or contract rests on the basic proposition that each party to the contract is in agreement.
▪ Their basic proposition was that we tend to organise and simplify incoming information until it makes a satisfying pattern.
▪ It is this basic proposition that underlies much of recent Marxian writings on underdevelopment.
▪ Sentences can therefore express different propositions on different occasions of use.
▪ A proposition can not change its truth-value without in effect becoming a different proposition.
▪ Malcolm Harris was a slightly different proposition.
▪ Last season Boldon struggled throughout but they are a different proposition this time after signing several leading players during the winter.
▪ His uncle Laban is a different proposition altogether.
▪ Biological filters are a different proposition.
▪ Hot water is a different proposition.
▪ He uses the indeterminacy of language to convey, through a single utterance, two very different propositions to the audience.
▪ By asserting it, however, we are also committing ourselves to a general conditional proposition of a standard kind.
▪ These two problems in combination make any general propositions about the trade pattern diffIcult.
▪ However, most taxes which are a practical proposition create their own distortions in the economy and involve non-trivial collection costs.
▪ Reading bar codes into the system is a practical proposition, but the database side of things is not.
▪ Being realistic about it, a bar code system that would directly provide text string is not a very practical proposition.
▪ This does not sound like a very practical proposition, at least not in the immediate future.
▪ However desirable it is that they receive training, many do not see it as a practical proposition.
▪ But can true propositions cause anything?
▪ Now what about the subset which represents the true propositions of our formal system?
▪ Truth is literally what a true proposition expresses.
▪ There are certain simple classes of true arithmetical proposition that do form recursively enumerable sets, however.
▪ We have found a true proposition which has no proof within the system!
▪ Recording the electrical activity of single brain cells in mammals only became a viable proposition in the 1950s.
▪ Only a handful of producers - say a dozen or so - regard wine as a viable commercial proposition.
▪ What keeps the propliners of the world still going as viable business propositions is an item known as the bottom line.
▪ We had a regular business proposition.
▪ Anyway, it would be a a business proposition.
▪ It's a proposition - a business proposition.
▪ I would like to discuss a business proposition of possible benefit to us both.
▪ In practice the price obtained will be less than the generating cost, so as a business proposition it is a non-starter.
▪ Such a broker examines all franchise propositions carefully to determine whether they will make good business propositions.
▪ It also turns a dream into a solid business proposition, worth the considerable investment.
▪ What keeps the propliners of the world still going as viable business propositions is an item known as the bottom line.
▪ For my part, I would not be prepared to accept that as a proposition of law.
▪ We can not accept this proposition.
▪ I do not accept that proposition.
▪ We can in fact accept it along with our proposition that effects are necessitated events.
▪ All her dreams, in an instant, had vaporised into nothing - for she knew she would never accept his proposition.
▪ Voters supported proposition 22 by 61 % to 39 %, bestowing official recognition only on marriages between men and women.
▪ We support the proposition that the provision of access beyond existing Rights of Way should be paid for out of the public purse.
▪ Research overwhelmingly supports the proposition that age is a poor predictor of performance and ability.
Proposition 209 outlawed affirmative action in California.
▪ I'll consider your proposition and let you know.
▪ I have a proposition to make.
▪ Most of Aristotle's propositions have proven wrong over time.
▪ We're still studying the proposition.
▪ We are prepared to look at any reasonable proposition from the council.
▪ But as the centennial neared, he approached Fred with quite a secular proposition.
▪ Film theorists first put forward the proposition that the construction of the spectator in mainstream cinema is gendered.
▪ However, all this makes the Rolls a more costly proposition if it needs repairing.
▪ I am left with the cup the idea of that ordinary physical object - or a proposition about the cup.
▪ Inevitably this raises a question about the logical structure of existential propositions in general.
▪ It's a proposition - a business proposition.
▪ It would be difficult to sustain this proposition.
▪ Those behind the proposition are a group of hard-working volunteers who want to improve Tucson.
▪ She complained that her boss propositioned her on several occasions.
▪ Even she, who'd been propositioned by experts, had to admit that.
▪ Had Puddephat provoked this storm by propositioning the boy?
▪ His parishioners had grumbled that streetwalkers propositioned them after his sermons.
▪ I was propositioned by this absolutely stunning girl who couldn't have been any more than seventeen.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.
    --Jer. Taylor.

  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.

    Note: 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.

    Usage: 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "a setting forth as a topic for discussion," from Old French proposicion "proposal, submission, (philosophical) proposition" (12c.), from Latin propositionem (nominative propositio) "a setting forth, statement, a presentation, representation; fundamental assumption," noun of action from past participle stem of proponere (see propound). Meaning "action of proposing something to be done" is from late 14c. General sense of "matter, problem, undertaking" recorded by 1877. Related: Propositional.


1914, from proposition (n.); specifically of sexual favors from 1936. Related: Propositioned; propositioning.


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The act of offering (an idea) for consideration. 2 (context countable English) An idea or a plan offered. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To propose a plan to (someone). 2 (context transitive English) To propose some illicit behaviour to (someone). Often sexual in nature.

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

  2. a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse" [syn: suggestion, proffer]

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

  4. the act of making a proposal; "they listened to her proposal" [syn: proposal]

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

  6. v. suggest sex to; "She was propositioned by a stranger at the party"


The term proposition has a broad use in contemporary philosophy. It is used to refer to some or all of the following: the primary bearers of truth-value, the objects of belief and other " propositional attitudes" (i.e., what is believed, doubted, etc.), the referents of that-clauses, and the meanings of declarative sentences. Propositions are the sharable objects of attitudes and the primary bearers of truth and falsity. This stipulation rules out certain candidates for propositions, including thought- and utterance-tokens which are not sharable, and concrete events or facts, which cannot be false.

Proposition (disambiguation)

A proposition is a statement expressing something true or false.

Proposition may also refer to:

Proposition (politics)

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.

A proposition is also a measure or proposed legislation "proposed" to the members of a legislature or to voters, in a direct popular plebiscite, for their approval. In the US American phenomenon of popular plebiscites, propositions can take the form of an initiative or a referendum; for example, see the list of California ballot propositions.

A proposition may also be a debate team that supports and tries to prove a motion.

Category:Political terminology

Usage examples of "proposition".

I propose to ask your attention for a little while to some propositions in affirmance of that statement.

He made no intimation at the time of the proposition, nor did he in his reply allude at all to that suggestion of mine.

The President, therefore, does not feel himself at liberty to entertain a proposition which would require the conclusion of a new treaty in Constitutional form before the proposition could be assented to by the United States.

That seemed almost obscene to someone who was used to graduate assistantships that were essentially break even propositions.

The baronet thought it a natural proposition that Clare should be a bride or a schoolgirl.

And Everett Everett Barr turned down all propositions in the name of Sally Surett.

Mr Sprout, on behalf of Mr Du Boung, protested against that proposition.

That is to say, to each of those propositions corresponds a direct, repeatable, experiential disclosure, as interpreted in a community of those who have mastered the paradigm and displayed competence in the injunctions and exemplars.

That the square of the hypothenuse is equal to the square of the two sides, is a proposition which expresses a relation between these figures.

Dilemma, then, is a compound Conditional Syllogism, having for its Major Premise two Hypothetical Propositions, and for its Minor Premise a Disjunctive Proposition, whose alternative terms either affirm the Antecedents or deny the Consequents of the two Hypothetical Propositions forming the Major Premise.

The relation between the premises of a valid syllogism and its conclusion is the same as the relation between the antecedent and consequent of a hypothetical proposition.

This was an expensive proposition, multiplied manyfold when there was more than one female in the family, for women seemed to require more in the way of elaborate clothing than men.

But as he matured as a thinker and an artist he realized it would be more valuable to test his ideas than merely to reiterate them, and to generate vivid negative images rather than advance positive propositions.

It was in being somebody, and being Mearl Streep was a plain losing proposition.

Mistakes are so easily made in the date of the occurrence of pregnancy, or in the date of conception, that in the remarkable cases we can hardly accept the propositions as worthy evidence unless associated with other and more convincing facts, such as the appearance and stage of development of the fetus, or circumstances making conception impossible before or after the time mentioned, etc.