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Proposition Definition

  • (noun) (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
  • the act of making a proposal
  • (verb) suggest sex to;

Sentence Examples

Prove your proposition.

Debating a Proposition.

Propositions for Peace.


That proposition I deny.

It's a fair proposition.

A wonderful proposition!

This is a reasonable proposition.

This proposition was not adopted.

These propositions were rejected.

That is a scientific proposition.

Nobody disputes your proposition.

It’s just a business proposition.

It was a proposition of marriage.

It is not a gambling proposition.

I am in favor of his proposition.

"Here's a hard-luck proposition!"

The proposition was carried by acclamation.

A teacher chalked a proposition in algebra.

"Are you going to accept that proposition?"

This proposition gave rise to a very animated debate.

They all expressed a full assent to this proposition.

Julian looked utterly astonished at this proposition.

Crystal is a good deal of a proposition, I grant you.

"Such a proposition is illogical, pernicious, insane."

Camp life without access to water is an impossible proposition.

[From Vacation Camping for Girls by Marks, Jeannette Augustus]

This proposition was telegraphed to Washington and quickly accepted.

[From Railroad Reorganization by Daggett, Stuart]

A proposition fraught with such consequences required consideration.

With Lincoln the desire to prove his proposition, whatever it might be, was always uppermost.

[From Lincoln's Inaugurals, Addresses and Letters (Selections) by Dodge, Daniel Kilham]

We believed we could make a farm certainly self-supporting and probably a paying proposition.

[From The Romance and Tragedy of a Widely Known Business Man of New York by Russell, William Ingraham]

Upon this the most certain of all propositions, the certainty of all other knowledge depends.

[From A History of Philosophy in Epitome by Seelye, Julius H. (Julius Hawley)]

This proposition is self-evident, and can be made no plainer by repetitions or illustrations.

[From The Story of the Soil; from the Basis of Absolute Science and Real Life, by Hopkins, Cyril G. (Cyril George)]

The old Prince’s proposition was a blow to the Princess, who was placed in a trying position.

[From Graustark by McCutcheon, George Barr]

If we are completely certain of a proposition, we do not seek a ground to support our belief.

[From The Analysis of Mind by Russell, Bertrand]

Dogmas are abstract propositions, and all human society rests on abstract propositions.

[From The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation by O'Malley, Austin]

"It’s one proposition to make one of these men swells believe that a woman is the real thing."

[From Children of the Whirlwind by Scott, Leroy]

The conclusions, however, arise from propositions, and the propositions from conceptions.

[From A History of Philosophy in Epitome by Seelye, Julius H. (Julius Hawley)]

Propositions are of two kinds, ‘Propositions of Existence’ and ‘Propositions of Relation.’

[From Symbolic Logic by Carroll, Lewis]

A Mediate Inference, or Syllogism, consists of two propositions, which are called the Premisses, and a third proposition known as the Conclusion, which flows from the two conjointly.

[From Deductive Logic by Stock, St. George William Joseph]

"A conjunction is a part of speech serving to unite two propositions as parts of the same complex assertion, or two words as similar parts of the subject or predicate of one proposition."

[From Notes and Queries, Number 230, March 25, 1854 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc. by Various]

Thus the difference between an a priori general proposition and an empirical generalization does not come in the meaning of the proposition; it comes in the nature of the evidence for it.

[From The Problems of Philosophy by Russell, Bertrand]

It does not therefore seem to me quite fitting that Miklosich should always term such propositions subjectless, and it is quite incorrect when he calls them mere predicative propositions.

[From The Origin of the Knowledge of Right and Wrong by Brentano, Franz]

These two propositions and the corollary are all parts of one general proposition: If through a point a line is drawn cutting a circle, the product of the segments of the line is constant.

[From The Teaching of Geometry by Smith, David Eugene]

These natural propositions or natural things must, however, resemble also mathematical propositions, and depend, after all, upon the primary proposition of mathematics or the axiom.

[From Elements of Physiophilosophy by Oken, Lorenz]

After a month of debating propositions and counter-propositions, the differences narrowed themselves down to the single question of what should be the method of representation in Congress.

[From The History Teacher's Magazine, Vol. I, No. 4, December, 1909 by Various]

When the conclusion is drawn from one proposition, the inference is said to be immediate; when more than one proposition is necessary to the conclusion, the inference is said to be mediate.

[From Logic, Inductive and Deductive by Minto, William]

The proposition before you is, therefore, original in character, without sanction from any former legislation, and it must, accordingly, be judged by its merits, as an original proposition.

[From Charles Sumner: his complete works, volume 04 (of 20) by Sumner, Charles]

It results from the doctrines of Conversion that valid arguments may be stated in these forms, inasmuch as a proposition in one order of terms may be equivalent to a proposition in another.

[From Logic, Inductive and Deductive by Minto, William]

It is true that every abstract proposition concerning rent, capital, and wages now (and always) holds true for the whole world; but, so conceived, the propositions give no practical result.

[From Speculations from Political Economy by Clarke, Charles Baron]