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"proposition" in British English

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propositionnoun [C]

uk   /ˌprɒp.əˈzɪʃ.ən/  us   /ˌprɑː.pə-/
C1 an ​offer or ​suggestion, usually in ​business: He ​wrote to me last ​weekregarding a ​business proposition he ​thought might ​interest me. I've put my proposition to the ​companydirector for his ​consideration. an ​idea or ​opinion: They were ​debating the proposition that "All ​people are ​createdequal".
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propositionverb [T]

uk   /ˌprɒp.əˈzɪʃ.ən/  us   /ˌprɑː.pə-/
to ​ask someone who you are not in a ​relationship with if they would like to have ​sex with you: I was propositioned by a ​completestranger.
(Definition of proposition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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propositionnoun [C]

 us   /ˌprɑp·əˈzɪʃ·ən/
a ​suggestion or ​statement for ​consideration: The ​chairman was ​advised that it was a ​riskybusiness proposition.
(Definition of proposition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"proposition" in Business English

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propositionnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌprɒpəˈzɪʃən/
an ​offer or suggestion about a ​businessactivity: put/make a proposition to sb I've put my proposition to the ​companydirector for his ​consideration.accept/back/consider a proposition I need more ​time to consider your proposition. The ​line, which has ​advancedhigh-speed InterCity ​trains, is considered to be a ​highly attractive proposition for the ​privatesector. arisky/​viable proposition abusiness/​investment proposition acommercial/​economic proposition
a ​statement containing an ​idea or ​opinion: The proposition that the ​realrate of ​interest will be ​lower in future because of ​lower and more ​stableinflation is a myth.
(also Proposition) LAW in the US, a suggested ​change to ​statelaw that is ​voted on by ​peopleliving in that ​state: proposition to do sth A proposition to ​increase the ​salestax by a ​quartercent to ​fundparksprojectspassed by 33 ​votes.
(Definition of proposition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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