I. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) something offered for consideration or acceptance ; proposal (2) a request for sexual intercourse b. the point to be discussed or maintained in argument usually stated in sentence form near the outset c. a theorem or problem to be demonstrated or performed 2. a. an expression in language or signs of something that can be believed, doubted, or denied or is either true or false b. the objective meaning of a proposition 3. something of an indicated kind to be dealt with <
the farm was never a paying proposition
propositional adjective II. transitive verb (-sitioned; propositioning) Date: 1924 to make a proposal to; especially to suggest sexual intercourse to

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