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English noun: proposition

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

Broader (hypernym)statement

Narrower (hyponym)axiom, conclusion, converse, lemma, negation, particular, particular proposition, posit, postulate, ratiocination, theorem, universal, universal proposition

Part holonymterm

Domain categorylogic

2. proposition (communication) a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

SamplesIt was a suggestion we couldn't refuse.

Synonymsproffer, suggestion

Broader (hypernym)proposal

Narrower (hyponym)advance, approach, breath, feeler, ghost, hint, intimation, overture, touch, trace

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

Broader (hypernym)offer, offering

4. proposition (communication) the act of making a proposal

SamplesThey listened to her proposal.


Broader (hypernym)speech act

Narrower (hyponym)presentation

5. proposition (act) a task to be dealt with

SamplesSecuring adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition.

Broader (hypernym)labor, project, task, undertaking

English verb: proposition

1. proposition (communication) suggest sex to

SamplesShe was propositioned by a stranger at the party.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)advise, propose, suggest

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