Meaning of “proposition” in the English Dictionary

"proposition" in British English

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propositionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌprɒp.əˈzɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌprɑː.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/

C1 an offer or suggestion, usually in business:

He wrote to me last week regarding a business proposition he thought might interest me.
I've put my proposition to the company director for his consideration.

an idea or opinion:

They were debating the proposition that "All people are created equal".

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  • So how does my proposition strike you ?
  • I'm afraid my mother-in-law's cooking is never a very tempting proposition.
  • Doing the walk in the rain wasn't a very attractive proposition.
  • It's a crazy idea, certainly not one of your better propositions.
  • I've got a business proposition to put to you.

propositionverb [ T ]

uk /ˌprɒp.əˈzɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌprɑː.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/

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 complete stranger.

(Definition of “proposition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"proposition" in American English

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propositionnoun [ C ]

us /ˌprɑp·əˈzɪʃ·ən/

a suggestion or statement for consideration:

The chairman was advised that it was a risky business proposition.

(Definition of “proposition” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"proposition" in Business English

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propositionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌprɒpəˈzɪʃən/ us

an offer or suggestion about a business activity:

put/make a proposition to sb I've put my proposition to the company director for his consideration.
accept/back/consider a proposition I need more time to consider your proposition.
The line, which has advanced high-speed InterCity trains, is considered to be a highly attractive proposition for the private sector.
a risky/viable proposition
a business/investment proposition
a commercial/economic proposition

a statement containing an idea or opinion:

The proposition that the real rate of interest will be lower in future because of lower and more stable inflation is a myth.

also Proposition LAW in the US, a suggested change to state law that is voted on by people living in that state:

proposition to do sth A proposition to increase the sales tax by a quarter cent to fund parks projects passed by 33 votes.

(Definition of “proposition” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)