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proposition


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  proposition 
  n  1:  (logic)  a  statement  that  affirms  or  denies  something  and  is 
  either  true  or  false 
  2:  a  proposal  offered  for  acceptance  or  rejection  [syn:  {suggestion}, 
  {proffer}] 
  v  :  suggest  sex  to  "She  was  propositioned  by  a  stranger  at  the 
  party 




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